UK Literacy

Where Literacy Thrives

Alison Hubert | Posted 17.08.2017 | UK
Alison Hubert

Every September the world comes together on International Literacy Day (September 8) to celebrate all that being literate makes possible. While much p...

Writing Postcards Can Help Ward Off The Summer Learning Loss

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 02.08.2017 | UK Parents
Jonathan Douglas

The final school bell has rung and the summer holidays are upon us! Whatever your family's plans are this summer, they will give your child lots of op...

Internet Memes Are Changing The Way We Communicate IRL

Jamie Wareham | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK Tech
Jamie Wareham

The reason Dawkins describes it as a hijack is because internet memes make no attempt at the accuracy of copying. It's a a key part of his definition and Internet memes are deliberately altered.

An Exercise Book, A Pen, And Help - When I Needed It Most

Ed Green | Posted 11.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ed Green

Then one day, our dinner lady sat down next to me. Peering at the pages of scribble, she asked me why. Her voice was calm and friendly. With a flourish, she took a pen out of her uniform pocket. And a few pages on from the word 'look!', she wrote her name in clear letters - 'Mrs Holliday'.

Celebrate The First Ever National Writing Day By Helping Your Child Develop A Love Of Writing

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK Parents
Jonathan Douglas

Today marks the first ever National Writing Day - a UK-wide campaign to help children discover that creative writing can be fun and can boost their attainment, confidence, aspiration and imagination!

Knowledge And Education Should Be Unbounded And It's The World's Citizens' Responsibility To Ensure This

Sherina Rathor | Posted 06.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Sherina Rathor

I often wonder whether the trials and tribulations of the world go hand-in-hand with a lack of wholesome knowledge and education; that negative sentiments and inhumane choices are the consequences of poor literacy and teaching.

Inspire Your Child To Fall In Love With Reading This Summer - It Could Put Them Three Years Ahead In The Classroom

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK Parents
Jonathan Douglas

If your child could do anything this summer, what would it be? Walk with dinosaurs, embark on a treasure hunt with pirates, propel themselves in to outer space, or maybe play for their favourite football team in a cup final? Anything is possible - when you find the right book!

The World Humanitarian Summit One Year Later: Participation Revolution? People Need Agency And Information

Aimee Ansari | Posted 31.05.2017 | UK Tech
Aimee Ansari

Picture this: People are on the move; they haven't eaten for days, and some are dying. They need burial cloths. Burial cloths are more important to them than food, as it helps ensure a peaceful afterlife. In a poor village, the next life means hope if the dead are prepared. Hope is all they have.

Asking The Wrong Questions About Kids' Digital Reading

Tom Grayson | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Parents
Tom Grayson

British kids are the worst teenage readers in the developed world. We undertook research in March this year to focus on what is happening with three to seven years old and we found that nearly six per cent of them had never read a book, ever. That is almost 250,000 children in the UK not reading at all and we believe this is going to get worse.

Five Unexpected Things I've Learned...

LJ Ross | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
LJ Ross

Image: Shutterstock When I decided to change career, throwing off the proverbial shackles of city life in exchange for a (supposedly) slower existenc...

12 Best Books For Toddlers

The Huffington Post | Tamsin Kelly | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK Parents

Children are never too young to enjoy books - cuddling up and being read to, turning the pages, looking at the pictures, joining in the songs and rhym...

Lecturers Are Hitting Out At Their Own Unis For Giving Places To 'Almost Illiterate' Students

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education

Universities are admitting high numbers of students who are “almost illiterate” as they continue to drop entry requirements, lecturers have warned...

England's Literacy Crisis Affects Us All

Ginny Lunn | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK
Ginny Lunn

Today the National Literacy Trust and Experian published new research exposing the scale of the literacy crisis in England. News that this country i...

How Do We Solve England's Literacy Crisis? One Community At A Time

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK
Jonathan Douglas

We have brought together resources from community, business, education, local authority and charity partners to help identify where the most serious literacy issues lie and develop targeted strategies to reach the children and families most in need of support.

Moving Toward A Better Global Understanding Of Literacy

Mark McCusker | Posted 26.01.2017 | UK Tech
Mark McCusker

In fact, some of the themes to be explored this year will include the increasing use of gamification as a means to teach, as well as the incorporation of virtual reality into the classroom to further learning aims.

Give A Diary This Christmas And Inspire A Child To Write

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 11.12.2016 | UK
Jonathan Douglas

With Christmas around the corner, we're encouraging parents, families and anyone buying a gift for a child or young person to give the gift of a diary. You'll be giving them a platform to express themselves and the tools to become a better writer, which will help them now and long in to the future. And you never know - your child might just produce the next Diary of a Wimpy Kid!

An International Comparison Of How Well Children Read Shows We Still Have A Long Way To Go

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK
Jonathan Douglas

We face a huge literacy challenge in England which is preventing many of our children and young people from being able to thrive and lead successful lives. Gender, socio-economic background and where children live are all at the heart of our literacy challenge. Boys in England are nearly twice as likely as girls to fall behind in early language and communication; and children at all ages from the lowest income groups are likely to be less literate than their counterparts from higher income groups.

Youth Social Action Paves The Way For A Better Future

Ginny Lunn | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Ginny Lunn

Engaging young people in local social action - such as volunteering - paves the way for a better future. It enables them to make a positive difference to their local community, as well as providing them with a platform to develop new skills, gain valuable experience, and grow into confident and socially conscious adults.

Leading Charities Announce Creation Of New National Measurement Of Children's Reading To Include Reading For Pleasure

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK
Jonathan Douglas

When this summer's SATs results revealed a sharp decline in 11-year-olds reading at the expected level for their age (from 80% in 2015 to 66% in 2016)...

Government Responds To Children's Laureate's Call For 'Every School To Have A Library Its Proud Of'

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Parents

Children’s laureate Chris Riddell, has been praised for calling on the government to investigate the closure of school libraries. Riddell wrote an o...

We Can All Help Children Unlock The Joys Of Writing

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Parents
Jonathan Douglas

So, why does this matter? We know that children who enjoy writing and who write frequently outside the classroom do better at school. Our research showed that children and young people who enjoy writing very much were seven times more likely to write above the expected level for their age, compared with those who do not enjoy writing at all

What Does It Mean To #LovetoRead In Sub-Saharan Africa?

Alison Hubert | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Alison Hubert

Books are a critical tool in the fight for development across Africa as they are a tool for giving disadvantaged children here in the UK a leg up, but their practical value does not diminish their almost magical power to transport us to another place and the joy they provide.

Language And Literacy In Secondary Schools

Mary Hartshorne | Posted 10.10.2016 | UK
Mary Hartshorne

There is a rule in my local book group: if you can't attend the monthly meeting, you must contribute to the discussion by sending in a brief book revi...

Why We Must Make Time For Reading

Dr Clare Owen | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK Parents
Dr Clare Owen

This is then a reminder, a wake-up call, to (head) teachers and parents. We need to prioritise reading. We need to make time and create environments in which young people chose to read. If we wish to encourage them to read for pleasure, we must be the readers we wish our children to be.

A Writers' Responsibility: How I Get Young People Interested In Reading

Stuart Reid | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Stuart Reid

Since 2001 more than two million pupils left primary school without the ability to read well. Reading well, and with enjoyment, is a skill that unlocks opportunities at school and in life. If children do not read well, and enjoy reading, by the age of 11 they are likely to suffer social, economic and cultural exclusion as adults.