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International Literacy Day

Today, 8th September, is International Literacy Day, a day observed by UN member states to internationally recognise the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies, and aims to increase literacy around the world.

You can read more about the aims of this international day here on the UNESCO website: http://en.unesco.org/themes/literacy-all/literacy-day.

This year, the focus is on Digital Literacy, and how the changes in technology and the move towards new digital environments is changing the understanding of what literacy is, and how a lack of digital literacy skills could further marginalise those without basic literacy skills.

To mark this day, some of Atwood Tate have thought back to those books which were formative in helping us learn to read initially; books which are often forgotten but are hugely important first steps.

Andrew Willis

The first  books I can remember reading were The Magic Key series, which followed Biff, Chip and Kipper, created by Roderick Hunt and published by Oxford University Press. As part of the National Curriculum, a whole generation must have learnt to read, thanks in part to The Magic Key.

Alice Crick

I still remember my parents reading the very first Harry Potter books to me as a child. It really instilled the joys of reading in me from an early age.

Claire Louise Kemp

I don’t remember learning to read, but some of the first books I remember loving were books by Beatrix Potter and the Mr Men books.

Helen Speedy

I loved the Usborne Book of Wizards and the Usborne Book of Witches.  The illustrations by the late Stephen Cartwright take me right back to childhood when I look at them now and I’m so pleased to see that they are still in print, even if it’s in a slightly different format.  I also used to spend hours looking through The Usborne First Thousand Words trying to spot the little duck in each picture. My Mum, a German teacher, also bought us a copy of this in German in the hope we’d also become linguists…

 

Atwood Tate support the charity Beanstalk, who do fantastic work providing one-to-one literacy support to children who struggle with their reading ability and confidence.

 

 

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Beanstalk | Story Starters

Beanstalk Story Starters

Beanstalk | Story Starters

Last month our chosen charity, Beanstalk, received some fantastic news! They were awarded £1million by the DreamFund (People’s Postcode Lottery) for their partnership ‘Story Starters’!

‘Story Starters’ is a collaborative project, which will see Beanstalk working with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and LuCiD at the University of Liverpool. They will be working together to help children from disadvantaged backgrounds, receive one-to-one support and mentoring to develop their language and reading skills!

Beanstalk is a national literacy charity who recruits volunteers to work in primary schools with children to help them develop their reading. Volunteers are specially trained to spend 30 minutes, two times a week, reading with a child one-to-one for a whole year. To help children develop the truly important skill of reading. In 2016 alone Beanstalk helped over 11,000 children across the UK, in deprived areas, and with this funding they can help many more.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a global programme operating worldwide, with more than 1 million children receiving books per month, to help them fall in love with reading. LuCiD is a research collaboration which is researching how children learn to communicate with language.

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The CEO of Beanstalk, Ginny Lunn, and the Beanstalk partners receiving their DreamFund cheque – all rights attributed to Beanstalk

Previous research has shown that support within schools at schools can benefit children throughout their life. 20% are more likely to get 5 A*-C GCSE’s and earn more as adults.

This is a very exciting time for Beanstalk and we couldn’t be more pleased for them. With the £1million funding they will be able to recruit and train a further 600 Story Starter volunteers and help 1,800 children between 3-5 years old to develop their reading!

Beanstalk is a truly worthwhile charity and we’re happy to support them! If you would like to learn more about Beanstalk, and Story Starters make sure you check out there website!

Be sure to check out our previous fundraising challenge for them, and let us know your ideas for the next! You can send us your ideas via social media or commenting on this blog post: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube or Instagram.

 

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Atwood Tate: 2016 Achievements

If you follow us on Facebook you will have seen that today we released an exclusive Atwood Tate Infographic charting the achievements of Atwood Tate over 2016.

It has been a great year! We’ve placed lot of candidates in wonderful jobs across all sectors in permanent, part-time, contract, freelance and temping roles! We’ve expanded into IT roles and grown our B2B desk even more from 2015, and have also developed our social media! We now have an Instagram account and a new YouTube Channel!

It’s been an exciting year for the company as well as the staff, who have not only grown in number over 2016 but also went bowling, golfing and took part in a Walking Challenge for our charity Beanstalk!

Take a look at some of the achievements we’ve had in the timeline below.

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Atwood Tate’s 2016 Achievements Summary:

  • We have 4 new members of staff:

David Martin – David joined in September and handles all IT roles across Publishing, contact David: davidmartin@atwoodtate.co.uk

Lisa Smars – Lisa joined the Oxford team in June and handles Academic, Professional & STM roles outside of London, contact Lisa: lisasmars@atwoodtate.co.uk

Lucy Slater – Lucy joined in Atwood Tate as an Administrator in December 2015 but was promoted to Publishing Recruitment Consultant in July. She handles Design, Production, Operations, Print & Distribution roles in London and the South East. Contact Lucy: lucyslater@atwoodtate.co.uk

Ellie Pilcher – Ellie joined the London team as a maternity cover Administrator in July and has since been made permanent and promoted to Administrator and Social Media Coordinator. Contact Ellie: eleanorpilcher@atwoodtate.co.uk

  • Atwood Tate got a new website, an Instagram account and a YouTube Channel
  • Have completed multiple charity challenges in aid of Beanstalk! See here for more details on our last challenge
  • Karine Nicpon & Claire Louise Kemp have been promoted to Senior Publishing Recruitment Consultants! Karine handles Editorial B2B & STM roles in London whilst Claire Louise handles Trade, B2B and Educational roles in the Oxford Office
  • The Temps Team had a record-breaking month in October, having the most temps we’ve ever had out on jobs at one time!

It’s been wonderful!

And whilst it may be a bit early to say so, what with Christmas still to come and one more week left of work, we hope that 2017 is just as good, if not better than 2016!

Be sure to follow us on social media for more updates and advice about publishing: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube & LinkedIn!

Merry Christmas!

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Charity Walking Challenge

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A few weeks ago the Atwood Tate team took part in a walking challenge for charity! We attempted to walk 10,000 steps, or more, a day in order to raise money for Beanstalk.

Beanstalk is a national charity that gives one-to-one literacy support for children in primary schools. The money raised helps to send volunteers out to schools to spend between 30 minutes to two hours with a child, listening to them read and helping them to grow their confidence and develop their literacy skills.

Both the Atwood Tate London and Oxford office took part in this sponsored walking challenge aiming to walk over 10,000 steps a day in aid of Beanstalk.

Results of the Walking Challenge

Unfortunately not many of us succeeded, but we did all manage to take more steps than the average person:

  • On average a person walks between 3000 and 4000 steps a day
  • The Atwood Tate team, on average, walked 7788 steps a day!

Out of 12 participant’s only two consultants, Christina and David, managed to walk more than 10,000 steps a day, with Christina winning our overall competition to see who could do the most during the week.

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Walking Challenge results table

Some of us even carried the Walking Challenge on over the weekend and Karine trumped us all by walking over 50,000 steps in two days!

It was great fun! We all enjoyed ourselves and felt much fitter by the end of the week! But most importantly we raised £171 to give to Beanstalk!

Why not take part in a charity challenge yourself? For Beanstalk or for another charity of your choice.

Let us know what charity you would support, what you would do and what you think of our Walking Challenge on any of our social media sites: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram.

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Trek Helambu Nepal with Beanstalk!

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This year Beanstalk will be holding their first international challenge from 10-19th November!

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Volunteers will make an incredible 4 day trek from Kathmandu to Thimbu through the unexplored Helambu region of Nepal. This will be followed by a two day project visit in a local school, to help set up a special place for the children to read.

The charity are aiming to raise over £30,000 which will go towards their life changing work; spreading the joy of reading to children across England.

If you are interested in taking part in the adventure of a lifetime please visit the Beanstalk website.

https://www.beanstalkcharity.org.uk/Event/trek-helambu-nepal

Beanstalk is Atwood Tate’s chosen charity. Beanstalk is a national charity (registered charity number 296454) which provides literacy support for children aged 6-11 in areas of deprivation across England. They hope to create a nation of confident children, literate for life and they need your help to achieve this.

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Read on. Get on.

Our chosen charity, Beanstalk, has some excellent results to report as they enter the 2014-2015 academic year. By the end of the last academic year they were supporting over 8,400 children in UK schools to read, through the dedicated commitment of over 2,800 reading helpers. This is over 400 more reading helpers than this time last year, enabling them to provide life-changing literacy support to 1,000 more children.

You may possibly have seen Beanstalk in the news recently, with the launch of the new national campaign Read On. Get On? Beanstalk is working with Save the Children and other organisations and businesses to ensure that every child can “read well” by the age of 11 by 2025.

According to their research published in a report last week, by 2025 one and a half million children will reach the age of 11 unable to ‘read well’ unless urgent action is taken. Currently, every year in the UK 130,000 children leave primary school not reading as well as they should. This figure includes 40% of all children from poorer backgrounds – a shockingly high proportion. Beanstalk has set out a bold ambition to ensure that by 2025 all children will start secondary school as confident readers. Achieving this goal would mean that every single child born this year would be able to read well by the time they finish primary school in 11 years’ time.

To read more about the Read On. Get On campaign, check out coverage on The Guardian,ITV, Huffington Post or Independent.

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Summer events with Beanstalk

First up, you may have seen the recent coverage in the Evening Standard of the Get Reading Festival which is going to be held in Trafalgar Square on Saturday July 13, from 11am-5pm (http://www.standard.co.uk/staticpage/getreadingevent/)

The free event will feature famous authors and celebrities reading on a big stage backed by an enormous interactive screen with thousands of children following along. It’s a wonderful chance to experience the magic of reading in an iconic setting. Beanstalk have been given a stand and airtime on stage to play our new video. They are expecting around 4,000 people an hour on site and are looking forward to being able to engage with such a large audience, raise awareness of the issue of illiteracy and spread the word about our work.

Do visit the festival if you can as it’s set to be a great day but they’re also looking for willing volunteers who could lend a hand for a couple of hours. They’ve been lucky enough to secure spots for collections at 5 tube stations based around Trafalgar Square on 13th July and need recruits to help shake some buckets.  Let us know ASAP if you’re free and we can send further details on the event to all volunteers.

Next up, Beanstalk is proud to present their first ever BeansWalk! This is a unique literary walk combining elements of a treasure hunt and a pub quiz. Teams will be competing against each other to decipher clues leading them from one literary landmark to another in the historically rich area of Holborn. The course has been designed by Joy Levene an accredited Blue Badge Guide.

BeansWalk takes place on the 29th of July, starting and ending at the Square Pig in Holborn where there will be a private room to rest, announce the winning team and enjoy a few drinks. They also do lovely food so worth checking out their website! (http://www.squarepigholborn.com/)Tickets will cost £10 per person and teams will have a maximum of 8 people. All proceeds will be donated to Beanstalk.

They have a limited number of places available and spaces are filling up fast so please register your interest ASAP by emailing Liz.Bennett@beanstalkcharity.org.uk with your contact details and the number of guests interested. (please mention how you heard about it)

We hope you’ll be able to support this charity which we feel does invaluable work!

www.beanstalkcharity.org.uk

 

 

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Help make a difference in a child’s life…

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As well as helping candidates make the right decisions for their career and clients make the right choices in candidates to grow their business, we here at Atwood Tate are passionate about the bigger picture – namely, that people have the resources to read and improve their lives. Because of this we actively support the Beanstalk charity.

Beanstalk has entered into Direct Debit’s Big Break competition and they need our votes to be in a with a chance of winning £2,000 – enough to provide vital literacy support to 6 children for a whole year!

Beanstalk’s profile is now live and they have until 30th April to get as many votes as possible if they want to scoop the top prize. Every vote counts as the second placed good cause will receive £1,000 and the runners up will receive a share of £2,000. To cast your vote, please follow the link.

Last month’s winner received over 3000 votes so we encourage you to vote for Beanstalk today! The more votes we can get the better so we ask you to please share on your Facebook page and among your friends and family and ask them to pass it on too.

A donation of £2,000 would help Beanstalk make a life changing difference to child in need.

Thank you for your support!

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