Manifesto

The National Patron of Reading Conference 2015 was held on Saturday February 21st. Haringey Patrons, Librarians and Teachers were well represented and Ian Coles (Big Green Bookshop Education) took part in a panel session to explain how and why we set up Patron of Reading: Haringey Chapter.

This manifesto aims to encompass some of the advice which came out of this inspiring conference. If you have any comments, please get in touch. You can download a copy of the manifesto below – or read on.

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Patron of Reading: Haringey Chapter – a manifesto (summary)

  1. Our goal is a patron of reading for every school in Haringey.
  2. We will build a diverse community of patrons – writers, illustrators, storytellers, poets and graphic novelists – to meet the diverse needs of Haringey schools.
  3. We will secure support from senior leaders to embed their patrons’ activity in the life of the school.
  4. We will support our patrons to share ideas, to have an impact across the curriculum and to include the wider school community – including families.
  5. We will champion the work of our patrons and build support for the Haringey Chapter.
  6. We will support the national Patron of Reading initiative.

Patron of Reading: Haringey Chapter – a manifesto

  1. Our goal is a patron of reading for every school in Haringey.
  • We will broker relationships between interested schools and patrons.
  • We will seek to recruit new patrons and encourage all Haringey schools to host a patron.
  • We will explore patron sharing to widen access for schools.
  1. We will build a diverse community of patrons to meet the diverse needs of Haringey schools.
  • We aim to recruit writers, illustrators, storytellers, poets and graphic novelists as patrons and to give schools as wide a choice as possible.
  1. We will secure support from senior leaders to embed their patrons’ activity in the life of the school.
  • We will support patrons to engage constructively with senior leaders in their schools.
  • We will encourage schools to give their patron’s work a high profile, for example: in displays; in communication with parents and carers; through school events.
  1. We will support our patrons to share ideas, to have an impact across the curriculum and to include the wider school community – including families.
  • We will facilitate sharing of patrons’ ideas, for example: through the website; at patrons’ meetings; through conferences and events.
  • We will encourage patrons to extend their activity into subject areas beyond English and literacy.
  • We will encourage patrons to include families in their work with schools.
  1. We will champion the work of our patrons and build support for the Haringey Chapter.
  • We will publicise the Chapter’s achievements and advocate for support to achieve more.
  1. We will support the national Patron of Reading initiative.
  • We aim to be represented at national conferences.
  • We will offer advice to groups interested in setting up other local Patron of Reading groups.