Why We Are Needed

It is only possible to reach your goals if you can read with confidence and communicate effectively. Being literate is therefore fundamental to achieving personal happiness and the creation of a healthy and productive society.

However, despite this, there are still many children, young people and adults in England who are not able readers.

These figures reveal the alarming extent of the problem;

  • Last year in England over 63,000 children left primary school unable to read to the expected level.
  • Around 5.2 million adults in England have literacy levels at or below those expected of an 11-year-old.
  • 60% of the prison population is said to have difficulties in basic literacy skills
  • 70% of pupils permanently excluded from school have difficulties with basic literacy
  • As many as 1 in 3 children do not have their own book at home
  • 25% of young offenders have reading skills below that of the average 7 year old
  • Poor literacy skills cost the UK economy £81 billion every year

Our one to one intervention model enables struggling readers to catch up with their reading skills quickly. Speak to us about opportunities to train yourself, peer mentors, education staff and parents to support reading development and make a difference now.