From Alan Duff’s original vision in 1992, the Books in Homes programme grew to reach 397 low-decile schools and 78,000 students by 2001, with well over a million books distributed. The evaluation was based on questionnaire responses from Year 5 students, teachers and principals. The results showed that Books in Homes is well established as a powerful force for change in these schools, with significant improvements in reported reading habits and attitudes to reading associated with the length of time the scheme had operated within each school.
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