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Skills Academy

Do your students dream of being the next Ronaldo, Messi or Neymar? 

Do they spend hours practising their football skills, but don’t transfer that commitment to the classroom?

Skills Academy is for you. 

Skills Academy is our reading intervention for students who are struggling to reach expected levels. It helps students with their comprehension skills and rewards them by teaching them exciting football tricks.

10 lesson plans lead students through five core reading comprehension skills using engaging football-themed texts, with their reading skills being tested in online challenges. 

Completing the challenges will unlock exclusive how-to videos from top freestyle footballers, including Jamie Knight, who is ranked 2nd in the UK for his skills.

For £300 your school will receive:

  • one year's access to our Skills Academy website with online comprehension challenges (sample) and rewards (sample) for your students
  • 10 easy to follow curriculum linked lesson plans (sample) focussing on core reading comprehension skills, including a vocabulary builder and guidance notes.
  • 20 books for your class – “Keeper” by Mal Peet and reading tracker bookmarks
  • exclusive tutorial clips from two of the of the UK’s best freestyle footballers
  • one year's membership of the National Literacy Trust Network
  • motivational posters and stickers
  • entry into a prize draw for an event with a freestyle footballer and author

If you are already a member of the National Literacy Trust you can receive a £50 discount. To buy now email or call 020 7820 6263. 

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To purchase Skills Academy please email or call 020 7820 6263

National Literacy Trust Network member discount

Use the first three letters of your membership number (found on your profile) to receive a £50 discount.

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Any questions?

If you have any issues booking or if you have any questions please email us or call 020 7820 6263

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Primary school?

Premier League Reading Stars, now part of Premier League Primary Stars, is our a reading intervention that is proven to raise reading levels for under-achieving pupils from years 5 and 6.

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Rugby fan?

We are developing a range of activities for different sports and have a range of resources to use rugby as a motivator for literacy

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Background information

Read about our research and rationale behind the link between sport and literacy.

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