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Homeschooling project to inspire hope and celebrate BAME diversity

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WELS academics are leading a homeschooling project geared towards inspiring hope and celebrating Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) diversity.

Teresa Cremin, Professor of Literacy, and Dr Sarah Mukherjee, Postdoctoral Research Associate, both from the WELS School of Education, Childhood, Youth & Sport (ECYS), have been awarded a grant from the OU’s COVID-19 Rapid Response fund to develop a project that extends existing research on supporting young children’s emotional wellbeing through reading.

The project will identify picture books that can be read by adults, both to and with children, which reflect the diversity of children’s lives and offer hope in challenging times. This responds to concerns during the COVID-19 crisis that children’s emotional wellbeing has been, and will continue to be, adversely affected due to ongoing uncertainty, fear and local lockdowns.

Professor Cremin said:
The book recommendations and resources offered by this research will be designed for use by parents and teachers as they support children in the event of self-isolation, via online classes (during future lockdowns), after school and in school holidays. We all need hope, and parents and teachers need to know of high-quality books that offer support in overcoming adversity.

The list of book recommendations and resources are due to be available by the end of summer 2021.

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