UK Literacy

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.

Worries Mount For Majority Of Those Approaching Retirement

Ginny Lunn | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ginny Lunn

Retirement should be a landmark moment in all of our lives. And it should be a cause of celebration where we look forward to extra leisure time or moments with friends and family. So it is alarming that new research - commissioned by Beanstalk - shows that the vast majority of people are worried about retirement.

Talking Matters

Penny Tassoni | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK
Penny Tassoni

Imagine the scene. A parent and a young child wait for a bus. For ten minutes, they talk about where they are going, why the bus is late before distracting themselves by spotting the number of blue cars on the road. Vans don't count, but minibuses do.

How Our Hubs Are Making Literacy a Priority for the Whole Community

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK
Jonathan Douglas

"It is only when you get close up to a community you see literacy leadership comes in different guises," Julia Cleverdon, the Chair of the National Li...

Have You Ever Wondered How Different Life Would Be if You Couldn't Read?

Ginny Lunn | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Parents
Ginny Lunn

Every week I volunteer in my local primary school as a Beanstalk trained reading helper, where I support children who find learning to read an extremely challenging experience. It's an important part of my role to instil confidence in the children that reading is something they can do.

Ruth Rendell Award Launched to Find Author Who Has Done the Most to Champion Literacy

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jonathan Douglas

Nominations for authors or writers who have had a significant influence on the literacy cause in the past year are being sought from schools, charities, libraries, booksellers and individuals. The closing date for entries is 31 May.

Dads Urged to Get More Involved in Their Children's Story Time to Give Boys a Boost

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK Parents
Jonathan Douglas

For many families story time is a highlight of the day. Sitting together for as little as ten minutes to read books and sing nursery rhymes is enjoyable for parents and is crucial for developing children's literacy skills.

Using Ebooks Increases Boys' Reading Progress and makes them Keener, More Confident Readers

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK Tech
Jonathan Douglas

If you want to get boys reading more, try an ebook. This was the surprise finding from our study which revealed that ebooks made boys better, keener a...

National Mission: Improving Literacy

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK
Carey Ann Dodah

So, alongside this initiative let's keep driving reading every day. It doesn't matter who's doing the reading - parent or child - ideally both - let's make it happen. And if you have an hour to spare let's get more and more adults sharing their love of reading with children at their local school - every interaction will help.

Leading UK Businesses Pledge to Tackle UK Literacy Challenge

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 24.11.2016 | 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 20.11.2016 | 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 03.11.2016 | 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 29.10.2016 | 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 17.09.2016 | 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 19.08.2016 | 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 20.07.2016 | 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 14.07.2016 | 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.