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.
09Sep2015WH Smith continues to inspire Young Readers around the country
WH Smith PLC and WHSmith Group Charitable Trust have supported the National Literacy Trust’s Young Readers Programme since 2005. The current project has, to date, seen more than 100 class visits to local stores take place and over 10,000 books provided fo
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.
04Aug2015Pirate Reading Adventure helps to change attitudes to learning at Holy Trinity School
Holy Trinity Catholic Primary School in Liverpool took part in the Pirate Reading Adventure competition for Key Stage 1 and early years pupils in the summer term. Teacher Georgina Cummings led the competition with her class of 29 pupils.
01Jul2015MagAid project inspires journalists and encourages pupils to read for enjoyment
Editors and writers from DC Thomson recently volunteered on our MagAid project, which gives pupils the chance to choose three magazines to keep over three fun events. Shout magazine’s Acting Editor Ali Henderson shares her experience of the project.
30Jun2015Pirate-themed competition fosters positive reading attitudes at Russell Scott Primary School
61 pupils at Russell Scott Primary School took part in the Pirate Reading Adventure in June. Assistant Headteacher Gemma Zauscinski shares how the competition helped to engage them.
25Jun2015Bringing reading to life at Eastbury Comprehensive School with Books about Town for Schools
Eastbury Comprehensive School in Barking took part in Books about Town for Schools in the spring term. English teachers Jolaine Brockett and Nayota Kameka share how the programme inspired pupils.
24Jun2015Poetry motivates pupils at Acorns Primary School
Acorns Primary School is a specialist school in Preston, Lancashire for children with learning difficulties. Teacher Christian Worsley shares how Picture the Poet helped to inspire pupils to enjoy poetry.
19Jun2015Picture the Poet invigorates teaching and inspires pupils at Middleforth School
Middleforth C of E School in Penwortham participated in the Picture the Poet project as the travelling exhibition visited Preston at the beginning of the year. Teacher Sue was looking for a way to help engage her class of Year 6 pupils in poetry.
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.