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Nick Sharratt at Manchester Library

Read Manchester counts on the support of local businesses to help improve literacy levels in the city.

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  • Almost half of wards in Manchester are seriously vulnerable to literacy problems

    Almost half of the wards in Manchester fall in the top 10% of areas for literacy need in the whole country.

  • More than a quarter of pupils in Manchester leave primary school unable to read well.

    In 2018, 28% of students in Manchester did not reach the expected standard in reading when they left primary school.

  • A third of children in Manchester say they only read when they have to

    Just 39% of children and young people in Manchester read outside class every day and a third (33%) only read when they have to.

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  • Register to volunteer to support our work in Manchester.
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  • We rely on the generous support of individuals, schools, communities and businesses to continue our vital work to transform children’s lives through literacy.
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  • Your support is the reason we are able to keep working with disadvantaged families in Manchester. Donate today and help us give even more children the literacy skills to succeed in life.
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Promote reading in your workplace

Reading for just 10 minutes during your break can help you feel calmer and provide a welcome escape from the stresses of your working day.

Download our tips for taking 10 in the workplace.
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