Are you taking steps to help your pupils avoid the summer slide and instead hit the ground running when they start the new school year in September?

Help children retain all you’ve taught them and stay on track for a smooth transition into the next academic year with these top 5 resources to keep learning alive and prevent the summer brain drain:

1 — Books to get children hooked into reading.

Spark interest and excitement by giving each child a book to read over the summer break. Choose from one of the following inspiring collections to transform reading from a school assignment to a fun and engaging summer activity that will keep reading alive.

Browse our summer reading book collections here. Packs include Get Boys Reading, New Fiction, Children’s Choice, Quick Reads and Reading for Transition.

Children could be encouraged to read and swap books with their peers over the holiday or use their book to prompt discussion, create display work or be the focus for a piece of writing, when they start their new class in September.


2 — Set a challenge.

Check out our range of free downloadable summer reading resources for a quick, easy and cost-free way of engaging children in reading over the summer break. Activities include a ‘recommend to a friend’ bookmark, 1,000 minutes of summer reading, a reading tracker pirate treasure map and football reading bingo. Select, print and send home with your pupils today!



3 — Get children involved by going digital.

eBooks provide a readily shareable, quick way of sharing books with children, at home and school. They can be read on any device that accepts PDF’s, making them perfect for loading onto your school VLE or emailing home. Many young readers respond well to digital formats, (more associated with technology and gaming,) than traditional print, which can also be customised to suit the reader’s needs. For example, by increasing text size or altering screen brightness. View our full range of eBooks here where you will find something for everyone!



4 — Involve the whole family.

Reading together in a fun and relaxed way not only helps children to retain reading skills and promote reading for pleasure but is also one of the best ways for families to bond, spend quality time together and make memories that will last a lifetime. Why not read our Parental Engagement — Reading at Home blog for further ideas, information and a free download Reading at Home Tips which can easily be emailed home or printed and slipped into book bags at the end of term.



5 — Reach out to struggling or reluctant readers.

Choose from our wide range of hi-lo and dual language books to promote accessibility and interest for this targeted group of pupils over the summer break. Just because school has finished it doesn’t mean learning has to stop. All titles are levelled by interest and reading age and available in downloadable PDF versions for children who may prefer a digital ‘way in’ to reading. Help engage minds, develop vocabulary and close reading gaps over the summer by sending home books from these specialised collections.