Resources for teachers

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The Access Group has partnered with ‘Turn on the Subtitles’ (TOTS), a groundbreaking initiative that has rapidly become the largest literacy campaign globally. This innovative campaign seeks to revolutionise the way children engage with television, doubling the chances of improving their reading skills.

Backed by the likes of Jack Black, Steven Fry, Rachel Riley and even Bill Clinton, the campaign is as simple as it is brilliant: All you have to do is Turn on the subtitles.

We’d love your help in communicating the power of subtitles to your students and their families, so we’ve compiled lots of different types of resources below for you to use.

Don’t forget to also sign up to be a TOTS ambassador and be the first to hear about new resources in our newsletter.  

If you have any ideas for resources that would be useful, please get in touch.

Primary School Pack

Simply download our free digital pack to access heaps of useful resources to help you champion the initiative in your school. The pack contains a parent engagement letter, posters to display around school, homework activities and more!

Newsletter Competition

We believe in celebrating your commitment to fostering a love of reading in your school community, and what better way to do it than with a chance to win a state-of-the-art coffee machine for your staffroom! Click here to download the school pack and find out how to enter. 

Secondary Schools

Research shows that young people read captions when they’re available improving recognition, content comprehension and code-related literacy skills. Download our pack to find out how you can help the learning stick by turning on the subtitles.

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Tips for Parents

Five top tips on how to encourage reading – a guide for parents

Celebrity videos

Some awesome stars of screen and print have helped create short videos explaining why subtitles are important.

Subtitle pictures

Our Turn On The Subtitles jpgs can be used on any of your communications to parents and students to remind them to #TurnOnTheSubtitles.

Cartoon explainer video

A short one minute animated message about why we should all Turn On The Subtitles.

Our logos

A set of our TOTS logos for your communications to parents.