CHILDREN and parents are "keen to read" at a Huddersfield school.
Royds High School in Paddock is encouraging families to link up in a bid to improve their literacy and reading skills.
Year seven students are involved in the Reciprocal Reading Project, where they are encouraged to spend time each week reading with their parents.
Head teacher Dr Wendy Bradford said the school was keen to increase literacy work.
It was vital that parents continued to listen to their children read at high school, asking questions about the text and encouraging their children to predict what happens next, she said.
"We know that parents are keen to help but they don't know exactly how, which is why we are developing reading strategies and tips," she said.
The school has produced a "top tips" handbook for parents reading with children.
It also has reading mentors who come into school from the community and students from Greenhead College who listen to younger students reading.
A "Dads and Lads" evening has also encouraged more men to read with their sons.
Mrs Bradford said: "It doesn't have to be a Jane Austen novel.
"Boys like non-fiction. Dads can read car supplements, magazines or newspapers with their sons."
The school's teaching staff have also linked with Kirklees Council to have additional literacy training throughout the year.
"Small changes can have astounding results," said Mrs Bradford.
"We are absolutely determined that literacy skills will fly here."