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We announce new three year partnership with Hachette UK

09 Feb 2021

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We’re delighted to announce a new three-year partnership with Hachette UK in which we will co-create programmes to help children, young people and adults in disadvantaged communities to develop life-changing literacy skills.

The partnership launches as Hachette UK celebrates the fifth anniversary of ‘Changing the Story’ strengthening its commitment to unlocking new worlds of learning, entertainment and opportunity for a more diverse range of readers than ever before.

The first year of our partnership with Hachette will focus on helping primary school children whose education has been seriously affected by COVID-19 to help them develop the reading skills they need to catch up.

The programme will be designed around Hodder Education’s Rising Stars Reading Planet scheme, which celebrates diversity and champions individuality through stories, characters and themes that reflect the world we live in today.

The programme will initially focus on 25 primary schools around the UK, combining a donation of the Reading Planet scheme with our resources and teacher training, to help over 500 disadvantaged children.

The schools will also receive book donations from Hachette Children’s Group to support their libraries, while the National Literacy Trust will create opportunities for Hachette UK staff to volunteer and fundraise in the second half of the year.

I'm thrilled that the National Literacy Trust has been named Hachette UK's official charity partner for the next three years! We are incredibly grateful to the members of Hachette UK staff who will be fundraising and volunteering their time to help us create and run literacy programmes for children and adults, to help those in areas of disadvantage and those whose education has been most adversely affected by COVID-19, as well as providing more diverse books to schools. “We are proud to be part of Hachette UK’s Changing the Story vision. Our strategic partnership focuses on issues around equality, diversity and inclusion, which sit at the heart of the literacy challenge in the UK. We share a moral purpose to get the nation reading and I look forward to the great things we will achieve together.

Jonathan Douglas CBE, Chief Executive of the National Literacy Trust
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