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.
05Nov2015Young Readers Programme gets pupils excited about reading at Grange Primary School
The programme had a particular impact on one pupil, whose enthusiasm for reading has also had a wider effect on her writing.
03Nov2015The transformative impact of Premier League Reading Stars at West Thornton Primary School
PE teacher Turgay Arli has led the programme at the school for the last two years, working with a group of children who are reluctant readers but passionate about football.
22Oct2015Premier League Reading Stars boosts pupils' reading and writing skills at Girlington Primary School
Assistant Head teacher, Daniel Walker shared the impact the programme had on the reading ability and attitudes of pupils in Year 5 and Year 6.
13Oct2015Embedding literacy across the school curriculum at King Alfred's Academy
Alice Visser shares the impact of the Oxfordshire Gaining Momentum programme to date.
12Oct2015Using the Network to drive literacy improvement at Holy Trinity Primary School
Literacy Leader Delia O’Neill shares how the school has used Network resources to make impress progress in developing literacy provision. The school in Liverpool won our School Network Member of the Year 2014-15.
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.