Around 580 local schoolchildren have been able to choose free books and take part in fun literacy events at Meadowhall over the last two years, thanks to British Land’s partnership with the National Literacy Trust.
The programme encourages children under the age of 11 to read for fun in their spare time, proven to have an important impact on literacy skills. Recent research from the National Literacy Trust revealed that children who read every day outside the classroom are five times more likely to read above the expected level for their age than those who never read outside class.
The National Literacy Trust is a national charity dedicated to raising literacy levels in the UK, whose research and analysis make them the leading authority on literacy. They run projects across the UK to make literacy a priority for politicians and parents, and support schools.
Visit www.literacytrust.org.uk to find out more, donate or sign up for the free email newsletter – together we can get the nation’s kids loving books again.