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Is improving literacy attainment part of your School Improvement Plan? Or are you a library looking at ways of increasing community engagement? Premier League Reading Stars (PLRS) harnesses children’s passion for football to boost results in reading and writing. 

Who is the programme aimed at?

PLRS is designed to target pupils with low reading attainment levels. We suggest that you select participants based upon greatest need - choose 'reluctant’ readers who are football fans, with a lack of motivation rather than lack of comprehension. 

Two groups that are often selected are those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and boys.

New Website!

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Every child in a participating school will have access to online challenges. 

Our new dedicated PLRS site offers participating schools challenges, resources and planning tools to make the best of your package. Take a sample challenge here


In our evaluation group we found that after participating:

  • 77% of PLRS pupils agreed with the statement “I’m proud that I’m a reader” 
  • Reading enjoyment increased from 44% before to 59%
  • Reading confidence increased from 63% before to 80%

Read our 2014/2015 evaluation report for more information

Boys, football and reading

PLRS is particularly successful in narrowing the reading attainment gap between those who are reading at the expected level for their age and those who are underachieving. It is also highly effective in transforming boys’ attitudes towards literacy. It engages their passion for football to inspire a love of reading.

See our impact section for evidence.

Who can participate?


PLRS is flexible enough to be used in both primary and secondary settings and works well for participants from Years 5-8 who are struggling to reach the expected levels of literacy.  Each PLRS package contains enough resources for 20 pupils, and every pupil in a participating school can access the PLRS website

Pupil referral units

PLRS is very flexible as the ten sessions can be delivered whenever is most appropriate for staff and pupils, so is perfect for pupil referral units. 

Public libraries 

Libraries can deliver sessions either outside of school hours in homework clubs or in collaboration with schools. Service outcomes for libraries include:

  • Improved profile and partnership opportunities (e.g. with football clubs and schools)
  • Increased enjoyment in physical and digital reading
  • Value for money, offering PLRS training sessions for staff, additional books and online resources

Welsh schools and libraries

Schools and libraries can participate free of charge through funding from the Welsh government - find out more here

Buy Premier League Reading Stars

Find out more about what's new for this season

We are down to our last few printed resource packs and will be selling these in March at the discounted price of £200. This reduced price reflects that the PLRS competition has now closed and there are no more training events scheduled for this season. £200 will still get you the printed resource pack, 1 years’ membership of the National Literacy Trust Network and access to our website ( until the end of the season.


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.
Registered address: 68 South Lambeth Road, London SW8 1RL.