Shadowing Group Reports

Here is a selection of Shadowing Group Reports from the front line:


  Stanchester Community School Shadowing Group aka Fiesta en la Biblioteca Reading Club
Group leader Jonathan Guy says the Carnegie Medal is "the highlight of the year ... something that everyone involved looks forward to immensely." Jonathan loves the positive feedback he gets from students and staff and really appreciates the opportunity to do something that isn't focussed on grades.

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  Thomas Telford School Shadowing Group
Group leader Margaret Howells thinks the Carnegie Medal shadowing scheme is a good way to introduce kids to books they wouldn't otherwise pick up, and provides an opportunity to discuss books together.

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  Aberdare Girls' School Shadowing Group
Group leader Judi Davies,the school LRC Manager, says that, "The Carnegie Medal, and our participation in shadowing scheme, is the highlight of my year". She thinks that the shadowing scheme really helps develop the maturity and confidence of pupils.

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  Dyke House School, Hartlepool Shadowing Group
Group leader Angela Bailey describes the Carnegie shadowing scheme as "excellent" as it really encourages students to read. As a school with a large number of students who have a low reading age, she finds that the scheme really boosts literacy levels.

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  Burford Secondary School, Burford, Shadowing Group
Group leader Rachel Collins thinks the Carnegie Medal shadowing scheme is "very good" and aims particular praise at the website as it creates a community of shadowing groups.

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  Fortismere School, Muswell Hill, London Shadowing Group
Group leader Gillian Ward says that the Carnegie shadowing scheme is "excellent in encouraging students to read books that they probably wouldn't have picked off the shelves".

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  King Arthur's Community School, Wincanton Shadowing Group
King Arthur's School uses the Kate Greenaway shadowing scheme as a way of offering year 6 students the opportunity to come to secondary school for the day and work on a project with older students. Group leader Irene Chant describes it as "quite a highlight in the school calendar."

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  Durham High School Shadowers, Durham
This independent girls' school has been shadowing both the Carnegie Medal and the Greenaway medal, for several years, and Group leader Jacqui Durcan says that the scheme "goes down a storm" with students. She feels that this is a good scheme that the library profession "needs to hang onto".

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  St James' Primary School Shadowing Group, Walsall
Group leader Neil Kinsey says that the Greenaway Shadowing scheme is "a way into books", and sees "a purpose to children looking at books and judging them". His year 6 students get quite involved in the scheme, as they read the shortlisted books to younger children, and ask questions about them.

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  St Peter's School Shadowing Group, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
Group leader Hadeel Farrag says of the Carnegie shadowing scheme, "We love it!" She says the timing of the "well structured" scheme helps in "encouraging students to continue reading during the summer" and that it gets students "to read books they wouldn’t normally consider," in particular ones which are "more demanding than those they usually read."

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