What have we achieved so far?
Since our foundation in 1993, literacy levels have increased by 24%, with 80% of 11-year-olds reaching the stage expected for their age group in 2009, compared with only 56% in 1995. Yet, as demands on literacy skills are rapidly increasing, there is still much to do to reach those people who are in most need of literacy support.
15Apr2014Big Reading Adventure creates big change with North Yorkshire childminder
Childminder Jenny Martin adapted the recent Mr. Men and Little Miss Big Reading Adventure to implement in her childminding setting. As a result, not only was the challenge a huge success, but she found a way to engage children aged 2 to 11 with stories.
13Dec2013CBeebies characters work their magic on reading for enjoyment at Glade Primary School
Our competition, the CBeebies Magazine Big Reading Adventure, has helped this primary school to promote reading for pleasure and encourage parents and children to read more at home.
22Nov2013Majda learns how she can support her daughters' learning
Carol, one of our community volunteers, meets regularly with Majda, a mum of two from Afghanistan. The family don't speak much English, but Majda has grown in confidence and is now better able to prepare her children for life in England.
03Sep2013Dan, 11, was falling behind in reading but we helped him make three years’ progress
Although bright, Dan was underperforming at school so was chosen to take part in our programme to support young readers. He wasn’t an enthusiastic or confident reader, but was captivated by the first reading event.
25Jul2013Football fan Adam, 11, becomes a keen reader
Adam lives in north London with his parents, three sisters and two brothers. He is an avid Chelsea fan but wasn't interested in reading at all. That changed after taking part in our Premier League Reading Stars intervention.
24Jul2013Books on buses get Middlesbrough reading
We worked with bus company Arriva North East to take books to local residents.
04Jun2013Alex, 14, is now ready for the world of work
Alex, from Birmingham, was quite shy in class and did not want to join in with presentations. However, after working with our volunteers, he soon began to enjoy the activities and gained the confidence to present to several adults on his own.
13May2013Your Monster Read is a roaring success in Bradford school
Marshfield Primary School in Bradford tell us in their own words how they ran the Your Monster Read competition in school, and why it worked.
07May2013Pupils make up to a year's progress in reading in 10 weeks
Research into the effectiveness of our Premier League Reading Stars programme has found that it is having a dramatic impact on participating pupils.
21Mar2013Mia becomes the first reader in her family
Mia's parents can't read or write. Her brothers left school with very poor literacy. But Mia has become the first reader in her family.