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.
11May2015Finding Wally helps to engage pupils at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Kingston upon Thames recently participated in our Around the World with Wally competition. Teacher Paula Menzies-Smyth shares how the competition helped to engage pupils in writing.
07May2015Football inspires boys at Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive School to enjoy reading
Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive School took part in the pilot of Premier League Reading Stars Cymru. School librarian Sharon Humphries ran the programme with a group of Year 8 boys and saw its impact on their reading progress and enjoyment.
05May2015A rewarding experience for Words for Work corporate volunteers
HR Manager Lisa Rome and five colleagues from Eric Robinson Solicitors volunteered at a local school as part of the Words for Work programme. Over six weeks, they supported pupils to develop employability skills and increase their confidence.
01May2015Alex Rider competition inspires boys to write
Year 8 students at Carshalton Boys Sports College took part in the recent Alex Rider Secret Mission competition. It drew on their growing passion for reading, motivating them to enjoy creative writing.
22Apr2015Volunteer shares how Early Words Together helps to boost parents' confidence
An Education student, David is an Early Words Together volunteer at a Children’s Centre in Chesterfield. He has seen how the programme helps parents to support their child's early literacy in creative ways.
17Apr2015An unforgettable experience at Where's Wally? fun run
Lauren LaTulip, a school librarian from London shares her experience of taking part in our Where's Wally? fun run
16Jan2015Early Words Together improves children’s early literacy and increases school readiness
Cathy implemented Early Words Together at a children's centre and saw first-hand the positive impact the programme had on children and families taking part
07Oct2014Series fiction reading challenge sets precedent for reading in Coventry primary school
The Beast Quest & Rainbow Magic Reading Challenges have had a real impact at Richard Lee Primary School, both on children's enjoyment of reading, and the staff's approach to planning reading activities.
03Jul2014Beast Quest and Rainbow Magic Reading Challenge fosters a love of reading at Greenleaf Primary
Our Beast Quest and Rainbow Magic Reading Challenge has successfully sparked a new-found passion for reading among hundreds of participating students. Here, Greenleaf Primary School in Walthamstow shares their positive experience.
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.