UK Literacy

Leading UK Businesses Pledge to Tackle UK Literacy Challenge

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK
Jonathan Douglas

We are looking forward to seeing more visionary work in 2016 as signatories take action to improve literacy for their workforces, their communities and nationally, which will help to ensure that every young person is equipped with the literacy skills they need for employment and life.

Invest in Nursery Education for Better Exam Results

Russell Hobby | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK Parents
Russell Hobby

Most of the attention in our education system is paid to the older end - exams and universities. Yet much of the action - in terms of making a difference - takes places at the start. Or even before children arrive at school. Put it this way: if you want better GCSE results, you should invest in nursery education.

Teachers Say They Need More Support to Meet Literacy Requirements of New National Curriculum

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK
Jonathan Douglas

There is almost unanimous agreement among teachers of the importance of promoting literacy across all subjects, but teachers need more support to enable them to fulfil the literacy requirements of the new National Curriculum, according to our new research.

Power Of Reading

Frank Furedi | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK Entertainment
Frank Furedi

Unfortunately the younger generations are told that reading is important because it is a 'must-have-skill'. No doubt it is an essential skills to possess. But the possession and even the valuation of this skill does not necessarily inspire people to find pleasure in reading.

Letter Writers Are Better Writers

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK
Jonathan Douglas

The arrival of the postman with the latest instalment of news from a pen pal or a favourite aunt evokes childhood memories for those of us who grew up before the era of text messages and emails. Although the postman mainly delivers junk mail now - even bills have gone online - I'm glad to report that the art of letter writing is still alive.

Nicky Morgan And David Walliams Announce Plans To Enrol Every Child At A Library

PA | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK Parents

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has said every eight-year-old child in England will be enrolled at their local library in a Government bid to improve...

Teach First - A Lesson in Literacy

Stephen Fear | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK
Stephen Fear

People often say to me "how did you succeed at anything with no education"? Well the secret is I didn't. I was educated, but not in the conventional s...

Prisons For Sale - All Mod Cons

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh and Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK Politics

'Inner city' prisons on lucrative real estate sites are to be closed and sold off, Michael Gove has announced. In a move that will have London deve...

Literacy Is Prescribed to Help Families Stay Healthy

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK Parents
Jonathan Douglas

Improving families' literacy through tailored local support can make them healthier and a pioneering partnership approach to health literacy should become a fundamental part of public health strategies, our new research concludes.

Bad Literacy Directly Affects People's Health And The Society As A Whole.

J.N. Paquet | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK
J.N. Paquet

Shouldn't the government make eliminating child illiteracy one of its priorities in order to achieve just that and to create a fairer modern society for all?

Record Numbers of Children Enjoy Reading Every Day

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK
Jonathan Douglas

Reading for enjoyment in childhood can not only be the start of a lifelong hobby, it also transforms a child's life chances by improving their literacy which is vital for success in school and the workplace as well their health, confidence and happiness.

World Book Night

Alix Long | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Alix Long

More than anything, World Book Night teaches people why books, and reading, are so integral to our society and to humanity as a whole. It doesn't bear thinking about what our world would be like without literature.

Stop Teaching Your Child to Read!

William Higham | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Higham

The government is launching a new campaign this week to encourage better reading among the young: "Read On. Get On". Based on a report that links the inability to "read well" with potential joblessness later in life, it's the latest of many articles and reports bemoaning a decline in traditional reading skills among young people.

Nothing in Education Is More Important Than Reading

Nick Gibb | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Gibb

The 'Read On. Get On' campaign has an historic goal - to eliminate illiteracy. It may surprise some that in this country with its literary heritage, its leading universities, its Nobel laureates, its history and its world-class economy, that illiteracy should remain untamed and intractable. Yet one in five 11-year-olds are still leaving primary school struggling with the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic.

Why We Need to Get Children Reading

Arlene Phillips | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Arlene Phillips

I was a war child and I was born into a poor family. Growing up was tough and I know what it is like to struggle. I also know how lucky I am to have got to where I am today. This is why I think if you are in a position to give back, you should...

Tackling Poor Attainment and Preventing NEETs HAS to Start with Character-Building

Lady Diana Whitmore | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Lady Diana Whitmore

Former children's minister Tim Loughton said last week that improving educational outcomes is the key to tackling youth unemployment. He's absolutely right, and it is early intervention programmes like ours that can help to ensure the most disadvantaged young children and teenagers are able to achieve their full academic, and personal, potential.

Harry Potter and the Young Author's Dilemma

Cerrie Burnell | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Cerrie Burnell

It's a request from The Sun newspaper that's come via my agent- this is what it says. Our features editor is looking for an author to write the chapter JK Rowling didn't- the magical moment when Harry and Hermione got together. We are looking for roughly 1300 words all about that special moment...

Funding a Future Generation: Is Global Education on the Right Track?

Kat Pugh | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK
Kat Pugh

n a Western society, words are everywhere. Adverts on the tube, bus on billboards. There are words on our mobile phones, we can get apps which tell us the latest news, which tells us what is trending and which celebrity is pregnant, has been arrested or has overdosed...

The Global Learning Crisis Is Costing $129Billion a Year

Pauline Rose | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Pauline Rose

Worldwide, millions of children are failing to learn the basics. Children who already face disadvantage - girls, the poor, the disabled those in rural areas, are being hit the hardest.

Impact Investing - Leading By Example

Joe Ludlow | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK
Joe Ludlow

It's now five years since the financial crisis, and still the old financial service providers are letting us down, even the alleged ethical ones.

Commission Calls for Partnership Between Schools and Businesses to Address UK's Falling Place in International League Tables

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jonathan Douglas

The fact that this age group is facing almost unparalleled employment challenges must be linked to their literacy skills; one in five young people are unemployed, whilst the numbers unemployed for two years or more are at a 20 year high.

Teaching to the Test, or Teaching for Success?

Chris Jones | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK
Chris Jones

At face value, the results of the OECD's PISA survey out this week are concerning. Overall the UK ranked 26th out of 65 countries. We were 26th for maths, 23rd for reading and 21st for science. The results have led to political bickering between the Coalition and Labour, each blaming the other for the UK's results.

John Armitt - Remaking Education To Make Young People Work-Ready

Brian John Spencer | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Brian John Spencer

The economy has changed beyond all description in recent years. Unfortunately schools and the university curricula haven't. This has caused massive ...

'Shocking' Report Shows Young People's Skills Lowest In Developed World

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 08.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education

"Significant action" needs to be taken as the UK's young people are falling behind the rest of the world in basic literacy and numeracy skills, it has...

Why Are Our Best Readers in School Failing the Government's New Phonics Screener?

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Carey Ann Dodah

We keep hearing about strong, confident readers who have failed the government's new Year 1 phonic screener. Is it that our six year olds haven't mastered the art of reading readiness (the point at which a person is ready to learn to read) or is the government assessing the wrong skill?