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.
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.
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.
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