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COVID-19 is set to have a disastrous impact on the literacy of the 4.6 million children living in poverty in the UK[i]. School closures will only widen the attainment gap suffered by disadvantaged students, who are already twice as likely to leave school without good GCSEs in English and maths than their better off classmates.

Your regular gift will make a lasting difference and will help provide disadvantaged children with the literacy skills they need to succeed, through the current crisis and when they return to school after significant disruption to their education.

  • £7 could give a disadvantaged child their very first book as part of a food parcel delivery
  • £15 could fund a teenager to attend skills workshops that will help them get a job when they leave school
  • £25 can help train our national network of Literacy Champions to support local disadvantaged families online and via telephone
  • £50 could give 10 families from deprived communities the skills and support they need to help develop their children's reading through our Early Words Together programme.

When you give a regular gift to the National Literacy Trust, we will keep you updated with the latest literacy news, and about how your donations are making a huge impact to the life stories of the children who need us most.

Literacy is a vital tool in action against poverty. Thank you.

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[i] Social Metrics Commission (2019) Measuring poverty 2019

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