Middlesbrough Reads

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The National Literacy Trust Hub in Middlesbrough, known locally as Middlesbrough Reads, works in partnership with Middlesbrough Council and the Middlesbrough Promise to forge links in the local community and improve literacy in Middlesbrough.

Get involved

  • Parents and carers

    Tips and activities to help you support your child’s literacy skills at all ages.

    Visit Words for Life.

  • Schools and settings

    Contact us to find out how your school or setting can get involved in the campaign.

    Email Allison Potter.

  • Business

    Use your business’ resources, reach and local knowledge to make a real impact.

    Pledge your support.

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Best Reads reading logs

Middlesbrough Reads has created a set of reading logs to inspire children of all ages to read for pleasure and more widely.

Find out more and download the reading logs
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Latest news

Find out about the latest news from the Middlesbrough Reads campaign.

Download the Middlesbrough Reads February 2019 update

Highlights to date

George Friend

Closing the early years development gap

Between 2013 and 2015, around 200 families in Middlesbrough took part in Early Words Together. More children who participated achieved a Good Level of Development at the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage, closing the gap with the national average from 22.6 percentage points in 2013 to 6.27 percentage points in 2015.

Encouraging reading to premature babies

Working with James Cook University Hospital and premature baby charity Bliss, parents of premature babies have been supported with book packs and nursing staff have received literacy training. The project was Highly Commended by the Third Sector’s Business Charity Award in 2016.

Raising awareness across the town

A major public campaign promotes reading and talk with babies and children, with posters displayed on public screens and bus shelters around the town. More than 20,000 flyers have been distributed to families and supporting information is included in every baby’s personal child health record.

Using the power of football

A partnership with Middlesbrough Football Club has embedded positive literacy messaging within the community. We’ve supported their events and family facilities with free books, provided features on the importance of literacy in match-day programmes and delivered social media campaigns.

Download the Middlesbrough 5th anniversary report

Success stories

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