Read North East is a campaign to raise children’s literacy levels in the North East. The region has a rich and compelling identity of language and writing, which is enhanced by the work of organisations including Seven Stories, New Writing North and the Northern Children’s Book Festival.
Read North East will harness these assets, bring together the successful literacy projects and initiatives already taking place in the region, and introduce new activities to inspire local children to get reading. The campaign will capture the imagination of families and encourage parents to read with their babies and children.
We will take the campaign into the areas of greatest need, engaging local resources to raise children’s literacy levels across the region.
The regional picture
The North East has some of the lowest literacy levels in the country. The 2011 Skills for Life Survey highlighted that 17% of the population aged 16 to 65 (about 283,500 people) have literacy levels at or below that expected of a 9 to 11 year old. This has clear implications for the ability of parents and carers to support their children’s literacy development.
The intergenerational literacy challenge in the region has been reinforced by recent data analysis by the National Literacy Trust and Experian of the social factors most closely associated with low literacy. The analysis found that 60% of wards in the North East have significant literacy need, and the region is second most at risk of literacy problems in the country. Find out more here.
The North East Literacy Forum is the campaign steering group. This group and campaign funders include:
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If you want to find out more about the campaign and how you can get involved, please sign up here.
If you are an organisation and would like to pledge your support for the campaign, you can do so here.
The launch of the Read North East campaign took place at the University of Sunderland on March 29.
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