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We announce our three-year partnership with The Estée Lauder Companies

12 Aug 2021


Today, we are incredibly excited to announce our partnership with The Estée Lauder Companies (ELC) UK & Ireland.

ELC UK & Ireland will be supporting our Words for Work: Dream Big programme and funding two exciting pieces of research looking at reluctant girl readers and speaking for empowerment.

Words for Work: Dream Big helps primary school children aged 5 –7 develop literacy skills, raise their aspirations and challenge stereotypes. It helps young children imagine their future and think about how they will use the skills they are learning at school when they are older.

We’re thrilled that volunteers from ELC UK & Ireland will work with pupils to develop children’s literacy skills – and can’t wait to report back on how it goes!

We’re proud to strengthen our commitment to supporting children’s literacy and girls’ advancement, in partnership with the National Literacy Trust. As a company, we believe that literacy is not only key to unlocking young people’s full potential, but also vital to creating a more equal society. We know that sadly the pandemic has widened the literacy gap for the most deprived children and our strengthened commitment will improve the educational attainment and life aspirations of pupils

Sue Fox, President, ELC UK & Ireland

We are thrilled to announce our partnership with The Estée Lauder Companies. Over the next three years we will work together to help understand the root causes of literacy failure in the UK and take practical steps through Words for Work: Dream Big to help hundreds of children develop the literacy skills they need to thrive. The pandemic has impacted on the literacy of a generation and exacerbated the impact of poverty on reading and attainment. . There has never been a more pressing need for new partners in our mission and we are grateful for ELC UK and Ireland’s commitment to children’s learning and literacy.

Jonathan Douglas CBE, Chief Executive, National Literacy Trust
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