Leicester

Book incentives offered to boys in Leicester

Efforts to get boys to read more are being tried out at several schools in Leicester.

It is part of the scheme, Doing Better for Boys, run by Leicester's Education Improvement Partnership.

It comes after a national survey found most boys aged 11 to 13 were reluctant to read and switched off, fewer than 100 pages into a book.

The incentives being tried out include offering shorter books, more adventure novels, prizes and peer support.

Altogether eight schools in Leicester are taking part in Doing Better for Boys, which focuses on issues such as boosting self-image and raising self-esteem.

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