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The project aimed to encourage prisoners with English as a Second Language to read for pleasure, as a way of developing their language skills as well as their learner autonomy, knowledge and motivation. Specifically, the project:
The Reading Agency is a charity whose mission is to inspire more people to read more. It runs several different reading programmes in partnerships with public libraries, schools, prisons, workplaces, publishers and the media. Its Reading Ahead programme has been run in 120 prisons across the country.
The Reading Agency's work reached over 900 prisoners with English as a Second Language, with the potential to scale to a total of 120 institutions where the charity works. Recent evaluations of the Reading Ahead programme showed that short term changes include:
Participating prison staff felt better resourced to improve delivery and have greater confidence in working with prisoners with English as a Second Language.