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.
Premier League Reading Stars successes:
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.
03Nov2015The transformative impact of Premier League Reading Stars at West Thornton Primary School
PE teacher Turgay Arli has led the programme at the school for the last two years, working with a group of children who are reluctant readers but passionate about football.
22Oct2015Premier League Reading Stars boosts pupils' reading and writing skills at Girlington Primary School
Assistant Head teacher, Daniel Walker shared the impact the programme had on the reading ability and attitudes of pupils in Year 5 and Year 6.
10Aug2015Premier League Reading Stars ignites interest in reading and drives library sign ups in Gateshead
Sue Horton, Senior Library Assistant at Gateshead Council Libraries, worked with three local schools on Premier League Reading Stars in 2014/15. She shares the benefits the programme can bring to both participating schools and libraries.
17Jun2015Football transforms attitudes to reading at Whetley Academy
Whetley Academy in Bradford took part in Premier League Reading Stars in the spring term. Assistant Principal Rebecca Stansfield shares the impact of the programme, particularly on one pupil.
02Jun2015Premier League Reading Stars boosts reading for pleasure at Whitefield Primary
As last year's Network Member of the Year, Whitefield Primary School, continues to focus on literacy improvement, Deputy Headteacher Jill Wright shares the impact of Premier League Reading Stars.
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.
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.
25May2012Football fan becomes a reading fan
Sajid, aged 11, from Whitechapel has changed his mind about reading thanks to Premier League Reading Stars.
08Jul2010Turning a love of football into a love of reading
How we used the excitement surrounding the 2010 football World Cup to promote reading to disengaged children.