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Nick Hewer visits Kensington Aldridge Academy 

Nick Hewer, ambassador to the National Literacy Trust, visited Kensington Aldridge Academy in London today (Friday 16 October). Nick, who appeared in BBC television show The Apprentice as an adviser to Lord Alan Sugar and currently presents the Channel 4 programme Countdown, was there to find out more about the National Literacy Trust’s Literacy for Life programme which equips pupils with the academic language used in most of their lessons, to enable them to succeed in subjects across the curriculum. 

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Nick Hewer says : 

Not all pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds speak or even comprehend the language used in subjects across the curriculum. The National Literacy Trust’s Literacy for Life programme gives teachers the extra skills and knowledge they need to help pupils understand what they must do to succeed in the classroom. This is invaluable because once these young people are fluent in academic language, a whole range of new possibilities opens up for them. Literacy for Life is helping to create more confident young communicators who will go on to fulfil their potential at school and in the workplace 

Nick's visit to Kensington Aldridge Academy was covered in the Kensington, Chelsea & Westminster Today and on London Live 

July 2015 symposium 

Hosted at KPMG's dedicated community space, the Literacy for Life July Symposium was attended by over 80 people, including; teachers, corporate partners, authors and representatives of local authorities and government.

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As well as launching Literacy for Life, the event generated wider discussion about how to increase attainment for the most disadvantaged pupils, by using literacy and language to underpin whole school improvement. 

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The National Literacy Trust is a registered charity no. 1116260 and a company limited by guarantee no. 5836486 registered in England and Wales and a registered charity in Scotland no. SC042944.
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