Copyright education projects

A key part of what we do is educating people about copyright – what it means, what it does, and how it benefits creators, readers and viewers.

That’s why we carry out initiatives aimed at educating young people about the importance of copyright, develop copyright education programmes for schools, produce and share resources young people can use, and analyse our findings.

One important area is educating young people about copyright as they grow up in a culture of illegal downloads and ‘copy and paste’. We help them make informed choices and see the value copyright has to their own creativity and the creativity of others.

Our latest programmes to educate young people about copyright include:

The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals Shadowing Scheme

We have supported the CILIP Carnegie and Greenaway Medals Shadowing Scheme since 2008.

Each year, over 3,800 reading groups, containing over 90,000 children and young people, ‘shadow’ the awards by reading and discussing the shortlisted books. This introduces children to new writers, illustrators and genres, encourages them to read a wide range of stories, and helps develop their literacy and critical skills.

We also provide a range of activities, competitions and resources to raise awareness and understanding of copyright, and enhance the shadowing experience.

Get Your Copy Right

Created in 2017, this joint programme with National Literacy Trust (NLT) is aimed at KS2 and KS3 children. The resource encourages them to develop their writing skills and takes them through all the preparatory stages a professional writer would expect to go through, including: research, finding the appropriate tone of voice, carrying out interviews, organizing information and research, sourcing images, and crucially, thinking about copyright and keeping notes on sources.

The National Literacy Trust is an independent charity working to raise UK literacy levels through community literacy projects, and in schools. It also campaigns and lobbies Government on various issues surrounding literacy. Its impact report shows an impressive reach: in 2015/16 the NLT supported more than 100,000 children in 6,453 schools through its literacy programmes. During that time more than 566,000 visitors used its website for literary resources, tools, research and news.

The NLT also regularly carries out important research to help build a picture of the impact of literacy levels and how they link with access to resources. Its most recent report. ‘School Libraries: A literature review of current provision and evidence of impact’ showed that school libraries play a very important role in contributing to pupils’ success, but that budget cuts are potentially affecting their effectiveness. The NLT also recently published a report into writing for enjoyment.

See the Get Your Copy Right programme

A Young Writer’s Guide to Shakespeare

To celebrate William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday in 2014, we teamed up with National Schools Partnership to launch ‘The Young Writer’s Guide to Shakespeare’. This programme was so successful, we refreshed and relaunched it in 2015.

Devised by teachers for upper KS2 and KS3, this copyright education programme breathes fresh life into the teaching of what many students consider a difficult subject, and increases their enjoyment of the Bard’s work through lively creative writing and group activities. It also introduces them to the concepts of copyright and plagiarism. It’s free to download, follows the National Curriculum and contains handy teachers’ resources, a PowerPoint presentation, and a student competition.