Teacher is top of the class in the love of reading stakes

Professor Teresa Cremin, professor of education literacy at The Open University, Cally Poplak, MD of

Professor Teresa Cremin, professor of education literacy at The Open University, Cally Poplak, MD of Egmont and Jon Biddle receiving his award from Michael Rosen. Picture: Egmont - Credit: Archant

A primary school teacher has won an award for the positive impact that reading for pleasure can have on all aspects of a child’s life.

Jon Biddle, of Moorlands Primary Academy in Belton, clinched the experienced teacher category at the Egmont Reading for Pleasure Teacher Awards.

His nomination said he has established a ‘book buddy’ system, specifically designed for helping children who need extra assistance with their reading.

It added: “The system utilised teachers, pupils, support and office staff, so creating a reading community.”

Mr Biddle said: “Being part of a school with reading at its heart is absolutely fundamental to what I believe in as a teacher.

“I’m fortunate to work in an environment where I’m supported, trusted and actively encouraged by my headteacher to take risks and try new ideas, as well as alongside an amazing group of teachers and support staff who understand the importance of creating a deep, genuine and firmly embedded reading for pleasure culture.”

MORE; teacher’s holiday activity listMr Biddle won an individual award, Egmont books to the value of £250 for his school and 20 copies of Help Your Child Love Reading by Alison David.

Kevin Lee, headteacher at Moorlands, said: “At Moorlands, we are committed to developing a love of reading amongst our children.

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“We know it is the key to unlocking huge potential and has the power to change lives. This award is welcome recognition for Jon for all of the work that he has done and continues to do in leading this.

“He is a true innovator and his work inspires all around him. This is something for which the whole community and all those who support the school can be proud.”

Last December Mr Biddle also launched a learning scheme for Year 6 pupils that asked them to carry out 20 activities over the holidays.

If families wish to access the collection of books that Moorlands has built up, some of them thanks to the support of The Village Voice, the library is open after school on Thursdays.

The awards were in association with the Open University and the UK Literacy Association and were presented in London.