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.
12Oct2016Voices Festival inspires pupils at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy
Students from Year 7 and 8 from Darwen Aldridge Community Academy (DACA) attended an exclusive one-day language and literacy festival this summer
08Aug2016Niamh supports literacy and discovers new books with a Tales and Teapot party
This summer we launched Tales and Teapots, a new fundraising initiative developed in partnership with Boots Opticians. Niamh Bryan from Lichfield recently hosted her own Tales and Teapots party and shared her experience.
27Jul2016Thousands of schools enjoy our live Euro 2016 story!
We celebrated the Euro 2016 football tournament and commemorated the centenary of the Battle of the Somme with a live daily story, Over the Line 2016, written by children’s author Tom Palmer.
29Jun2016Premier League Reading Stars introduces reluctant readers at Kensington Aldridge Academy to new reading opportunities
The reading habits of students who participated in PLRS changed noticeably during the 10 week programme, with more students visiting the library to borrow books.
29Jun2016Pupils at Christ’s School make up to five years reading progress after taking part in Premier League Reading Stars
The programme has had a substantial impact on pupils’ reading attainment, with 80% of pupils making more than expected progress after taking part last year.
28Jun2016Young Readers Programme inspires Tom to read at home
Nine-year-old Tom took part in the Young Readers Programme at King’s Oak Primary School in New Malden in the summer term.
27Jun2016Premier League Reading Stars boosts attendance at West Earlham Junior School and helps pupils to catch up
Assistant Headteacher Helen Edwards has seen significant changes among participating pupils, beyond improved enthusiasm for reading and attainment.
16May2016Premier League Reading Stars boosts Harvey’s reading skills and motivation
Pupils at Low Ash Primary School in our National Literacy Hub in Bradford took part in Premier League Reading Stars in the spring term. Teacher Fiona Meer described how the programme had a particular impact on one participating pupil.
27Apr2016Unlocking books for prisoners
As part of Books Unlocked project, we work with National Prison Radio (NPR), who serialise the audiobooks of featured Man Booker Prize-shortlisted titles into daily instalments. Quotes from prisoners provide a glimpse of the power books can have, especial
04Apr2016Literacy for Life initiatives a success at Ormiston Forge Academy
Ormiston Forge Academy in Cradley Heath is one of the six schools participating in our Literacy for Life programme. Literacy Lead Dawn described how the school has had success with the “Reading Aloud” initiative, which was introduced at a training session