CONEL Reading Ahead ChallengePrincipal Andy Forbes with students at the CONEL Reading Ahead challenge presentation

The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London was awarded the Silver Category in this year’s Reading Ahead challenge at the Tottenham Centre’s library after more than 100 students took part in the literacy scheme.

The nationwide Reading Ahead challenge (formerly Six Book Challenge) run by the Reading Agency is designed to encourage adults and young people to read a variety of literature. This is the third year that the College has run the challenge and students, from all different curriculum areas across the college participated.

The students started the national scheme to read six books and completed it this June. As part of the challenge, each reader was given a diary to write a short book review of the books they read. A student said: “What I liked best about Reading Ahead is that it improved my reading and my grammar as well. It also inspired me to have more interest to use the library every now and then.”

Principal Andy Forbes presented students with a certificate of achievement to those who completed the challenge, at the awards ceremony. He said: “These sorts of projects are really important. There are learners from all different walks of life and they all seem to have thoroughly enjoyed it. For many of the students that have taken part English is their second language which adds another dimension to this challenge. It’s remarkable that they have taken up the challenge with such enthusiasm.”

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