Eastbourne and Willingdon MP Caroline Ansell showed her support for local education on Friday as she saw how ground-breaking children’s literacy initiative Pobble.com is transforming children’s writing standards in the town.
30 year five and six children from three local schools – Polegate School, Ocklynge Junior School and Tollgate Community Junior School – were involved in a very special literacy session at Tollgate Community Junior School. The event featured an inspirational lesson from Pobble teacher Phil Amos, after which the children put pen to paper, and then had their work published in front of a global audience on Pobble’s worldwide classroom wall.
Caroline Ansell, herself a former teacher and schools’ inspector, greatly enjoyed visiting the classroom to see the teaching, and reading out some of the stories written by the children.
Pobble is on a mission to drive up literacy standards, showcasing children’s work on a global online classroom wall, and firing imaginations as children have the chance to become published authors.
As well as the hundreds of teachers up and down the country working with the platform, Pobble is backed by a string of leading authors including Michael Morpurgo and Anthony Horowitz, while its Literacy Through Sport programme is run with a number of professional sports clubs (including Newcastle United Football Club, Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Middlesbrough Football Club, and Hull Kingston Rovers Rugby League Club).
Evidence shows that Pobble’s approach is helping to accelerate children’s progress in literacy by up to two times the expected rate.
Caroline Ansell MP said, “How impressed I was with all I saw at Tollgate School; from their very own radio studio to the writing workshop, the school was alive with the sound of learning. I’m looking forward to their forthcoming production. Thank you to the children for the invitation and their very warm welcome!”