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.
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.
13Dec2013CBeebies characters work their magic on reading for enjoyment at Glade Primary School
Our competition, the CBeebies Magazine Big Reading Adventure, has helped this primary school to promote reading for pleasure and encourage parents and children to read more at home.
22Nov2013Majda learns how she can support her daughters' learning
Carol, one of our community volunteers, meets regularly with Majda, a mum of two from Afghanistan. The family don't speak much English, but Majda has grown in confidence and is now better able to prepare her children for life in England.
03Sep2013Dan, 11, was falling behind in reading but we helped him make three years’ progress
Although bright, Dan was underperforming at school so was chosen to take part in our programme to support young readers. He wasn’t an enthusiastic or confident reader, but was captivated by the first reading event.
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.