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.
Young Readers Programme successes:
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.
03Sep2012Our reading programme reaches thousands of children across the UK
Our Young Readers Programme motivates children and their families to read for pleasure. Teachers and librarians running the programme this year have seen significant changes in the children taking part.
31Aug2011Our reading project reaches over 8000 children in disadvantaged communities
Our Young Readers Programme helps children and young people in areas of disadvantage to acquire the skills they need to develop as a reader. This year we've reached over 8000 children.
28Mar2011Helping young carers to discover reading for pleasure
Read more about how our Young Readers Programme works with young carers, whose responsibilities often threaten their education and the impact we had one little girl.
24Feb2011Reading project encourages library membership
Over the past few years we have piloted a new way of working through libraries in order to encourage more disadvantaged children and young people to read for pleasure.
01Feb2011Parents now make time for reading
May Lin Goh, from Netley Primary School is one of our project coordinators who runs motivational reading events in her school. She has witnessed not just changes in the children who take part, but also the impact this has on their families.
01Feb2011Shani becomes the first reader in her family
Primary school teacher Sue Barry found a National Literacy Trust programme had an incredible impact on a girl in her class.