New figures reveal shocking literacy trend

New figures reveal shocking literacy trend

New research has unveiled the shocking truth about literacy and young children. 

A study undertaken by Ebookadabra in partnership with Censuswide has shown that one in 20 British parents with children between the ages of three and seven have reported that their child has never read a picture book.

That's about 200,000 children who never been exposed to a picture book. 

The study looks at individual areas around the UK and has discovered that Britain's UNESCO City of Literature, Norwich, is a particular literacy black spot, in addition to Brighton. 

According to the results, the 10 worst places for literacy in young people are:

1)      Brighton (13%)

2)      Norwich (12.9%) (Britain’s UNESCO City of Literature)

The sky's the limit for children literacy project

As 1,000 books make a 10,000-mile journey across the world, the founder of a children’s literacy project has announced ambitious plans to partner the UK’s schools with South Africa to give children the gift of reading. 

Alison Delaney, who founded Little Bird People Development, has put her coaching skills to a new test by creating ‘Dreams Workshops’ which aim to build confidence, self-belief and resilience in young people. 

In a project called ‘The World Is In Our Hands’ schools in the UK can purchase these workshops and receive their own signed copy of Alison’s book, which is one of the resources provided. For every Dreams Workshop purchased, Alison donates another workshop to a school in another country.

Disadvantaged pupils close the achievement gap

Achievements for all from Achieving Schools programme image


Disadvantaged pupils are closing the achievement gap, for All supported schools, with their peers in reading, writing and maths, according to an independent review by PwC of English schools supported by the Achievement for All programme.

A review of 25 schools supported by the Achievement for All Achieving Schools programme between 2011 and 2015, indicated that pupils with special educational needs (SEN), those eligible for Pupil Premium funding and low attainers consistently made progress at a higher rate than expected for their year groups. One school reported that it had moved out of the bottom cohort in the country for maths into the top 25 per cent.

Mighty Writer: The Revolutionary New Literacy Resource That Gets Results


Teachers are praising a groundbreaking new literacy resource that helps 4-7-year-olds to learn grammar, punctuation, syntax and storytelling.

Revolutionary new Mighty Writer uses picture tiles to help children construct sentences to tell stories. They stick the tiles to soft-touch mats and toolbars using hook and loop fastening.

Mighty Writer teaches speaking and listening, composition, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation in an easy way that enables children to engage – and reduces teacher workload.

Nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs are represented by bright and memorable pictures and shapes to help teachers deliver powerful and memorable lessons in literacy.

Kenyan Ministry of Education selects local business NetSupport to aid national literacy programme

Kenyan Ministry of Education selects local business NetSupport to aid national literacy programme


NetSupport’s classroom management software, NetSupport School, has been selected as the solution of choice to be pre-installed on over 695,000 education devices as part of the Digital Literacy Programme in Kenya.

A Ministry of Education-led initiative, it aims to place free technology into the hands of primary school pupils across the country to educate them using the benefits of computer-led learning.

Pets As Therapy dog Doug

Doug In School Uniform

Do you know a child who appears reluctant to read and lacks confidence in their literacy skills? Do they become nervous or stressed when reading to others in a group? If so, then perhaps you should consider inviting a therapy dog to your school.

One such dog who enjoys spending time with school children is Doug, a six-year-old pug who is a Pets As Therapy (PAT) behaviourally assessed dog. Every week Doug, along with his owner and PAT volunteer Cate Archer, visits a junior school and infant school in Buckinghamshire, and encourages young boys and girls to read and communicate in a relaxed and non-judgemental environment.

A new chapter for school libraries

New Chapter for School Libraries with Children

Since the dawn of education, scribes have been creating educational resources by means of the written word, which have transformed into the creation of printed paperback and hardback books as time has progressed. Teachers and students have always used books for learning and as resources in class. However, they are becoming increasingly underused and underappreciated in education, with a survey by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) revealing that over a fifth of school staff said their school library budget has been cut by at least 40 per cent since 2010. Furthermore, 21 per cent stated that the budget does not allow their library to encourage pupils to read for enjoyment.

How a Story Can Improve Your Child's Mental Development.

Stories are probably as old as language.  We have a deep attachment to many stories of which Bible stories are an obvious example.

Stories are at the root of our ability to communicate and understand what's going on around us. Most of our ways of understanding the world are told as stories in one form or another. Our understanding and our memory are closely intertwined so it is no surprise that stories are a very useful tool for teaching and to aid our memory. Whether you wish to learn a set of directions, the names of a group of new friends, a recipe or your times tables, by developing a story around what you wish to learn is a simple and powerful way of doing it.

Increasing the Strain on Those With A Duty of Care for our Children

Increasing the Strain on Those With A Duty of Care for our Children


Why stretching primary education’s resources can’t continue. In wake of the recent deadline for primary school applications, teachers and parents alike have been expressing concern. The dwindling number of school places, the increasing size of classes and the continued budget cuts that are stretching resources to breaking point are all important factors which limit our teachers’ ability to provide the proper safeguarding for vulnerable children.