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.
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.
24Jul2013Books on buses get Middlesbrough reading
We worked with bus company Arriva North East to take books to local residents.
04Jun2013Alex, 14, is now ready for the world of work
Alex, from Birmingham, was quite shy in class and did not want to join in with presentations. However, after working with our volunteers, he soon began to enjoy the activities and gained the confidence to present to several adults on his own.
13May2013Your Monster Read is a roaring success in Bradford school
Marshfield Primary School in Bradford tell us in their own words how they ran the Your Monster Read competition in school, and why it worked.
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.
21Mar2013Mia becomes the first reader in her family
Mia's parents can't read or write. Her brothers left school with very poor literacy. But Mia has become the first reader in her family.
11Mar2013St. Martins CE Primary School: 'Ready to Rumble' with Writing
A teacher from St. Martin's CE Primary, the competition-winning school, discusses their sucess with running the WWE Road to WrestleMania competition. The winning pupil also discusses his experience with the competition.
24Jan2013Not being able to read and write almost ruined my life
Carl Foster struggled to learn to read and write and his poor literacy skills threatened to ruin his whole life. However, Carl eventually learnt to read and he established a successful career and wrote a self-help book about his experience.
14Nov20124 out of 5 young people’s communication skills improved by National Literacy Trust
Words for Work improves young people's communication skills for a third year running.
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.