Our Skills Academy programme is now free for families and secondary schools

23 Apr 2020
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It can be hard to keep young people focused and engaged in their learning at the best of times – but in lockdown? While the sun is shining? The National Literacy Trust just might have the answer and it won’t cost a penny.

Our Skills Academy programme is a reading intervention which improves Year 7 and 8 students’ reading, rewarding their progress by unlocking exclusive video tutorials from some of the UK’s best freestyle footballers, beatboxers and breakdancers.

Skills Academy provides an excellent opportunity to support young people’s home learning in a fun and engaging way. So, throughout the COVID-19 period, we are offering Skills Academy to all secondary schools for free and we’re also opening it up to families to enjoy together for the first time.

For families

If your children are aged between 9 and 13, this could be just what you are looking for. Depending on your children’s interests, you can choose between two modules: freestyle football or breakdance and beatbox.

Visit our Family Zone, get your free login and challenge your children to a series of online reading comprehension challenges based on exciting and engaging texts linked to the module theme. Then once the challenges have been completed, unlock videos that teach them the skills of their heroes!

Hear first-hand from young people at Robert Clack School about why they enjoyed taking part in Skills Academy.

For schools

Secondary schools can access the reading intervention and all supporting digital resources for free during the COVID-19 period, including 10 detailed lesson plans, downloadable handouts and access to the Skills Academy website, which hosts the online challenges and video tutorials, for one year.

Teachers can run the programme with their students from home, setting them both the activities included in the lessons and the online challenges that test their reading comprehension skills.

Schools can sign-up for free from today.

“The mean average reading age improvement for the pupils involved in Skills Academy was 1.01 years. One pupil improved his reading age by 3.07 years.”

Andrew Jackson, Canon Slade School