About the programme
One person in seven in the UK lives with poor literacy. This holds them back at every stage of their life.
However, research shows that reading for pleasure is one of the most effective ways to help children reach their full potential. The Young Readers Programme motivates children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to read for enjoyment.
Children are taught how to choose books they will enjoy, and take home books of their own to keep at events throughout the year. These are often the first books they have ever owned.
Enjoy reading more
89% of teachers reported that children who have taken part in the programme have become more enthusiastic readers.
Become better readers
9 in 10 teachers said their pupils’ reading attainment improved after taking part in the Young Readers Programme.
Be more confident readers
Fewer children say that reading is difficult after taking part in the programme, and are more likely to read on their own initiative.
Have books of their own
Since 1996, the Young Readers Programme has given over 1.1 million books to 384,196 disadvantaged primary school children.
Success storyView detailsNine-year-old Tom took part in our Young Readers Programme at King’s Oak Primary School in New Malden, where he learnt ways to choose books he will enjoy. Success storyView detailsDan is a Year 6 pupil who lives in Middlesbrough. He took part in our Young Readers Programme, giving him the chance to attend fun events based around reading and... Success storyView detailsSimms Cross Primary School in Widnes recently took part in our Young Readers Programme, in partnership with WHSmith.
Before the programme begins, schools will be given a training session for their nominated Project Coordinators.
A handbook containing all the information and guidance you need to deliver Young Readers events in your school, as well as classroom resources focused on reading for pleasure.
Membership of the National Literacy Trust
Available for five members of staff, providing access to tools and resources to help create a culture of reading for pleasure in your school.
Email and phone support for the duration of the project from one of our dedicated Project Managers.