Addressing the social mobility challenge: support for your area

Early years reading

The National Literacy Trust has been leading the way in community-based literacy work since it was established. We developed a pioneering new approach with the launch of our first National Literacy Trust Hub five years ago and have extensive expertise in planning and delivering long-term solutions to entrenched literacy challenges which impact social mobility.

Unlocking Talent, Fulfilling Potential, from the Secretary of State for Education has called on all parts of the country to examine how they are meeting the social mobility challenge. The report highlights four ambitions:

  • Closing the ‘word gap’ in the early years
  • Close the attainment gap in school while continuing to raise standards for all
  • High quality post-16 education choices for all young people
  • Everyone achieving their potential in rewarding careers

Meeting these ambitions requires a whole community approach, with active engagement from government at all levels, education partners, business, community and faith groups. 

We offer a range of bespoke, paid-for services drawing on our work around the country and the expertise of the entire National Literacy Trust team. 

What we offer

A fully commissioned multi-year National Literacy Trust Hub with dedicated:

  • Project management
  • Media and communications support – including delivery of campaigns and design
  • Expert programme development from across the National Literacy Trust
  • Professional evaluation support
  • Fundraising support to build sustainability

Commissioned support on existing programmes:

Where initiatives are already in place, your needs may be short-term and more focused. With specialist teams across the charity we offer support to help enhance your current activity. This can take the form of bringing in a sector specific expert, providing media support to help take messages into the community, or assistance convening partners who are not currently engaged.

The National Literacy Trust will have seven Hubs in England by mid-2018. The Hubs bring together local partners to tackle literacy issues in communities across the UK where low levels of literacy are entrenched, inter-generational and seriously impacting on people’s lives.

Low social mobility dramatically reduces the life chances of people born into the poorest communities in the country. Our approach has a direct impact on this. 

To find out more about how our work can support you please contact our Head of Literacy Hubs Jason Vit.