The latest from Bookmark
We’ve joined forces with The National Literacy Trust to measure the impact that our reading programmes have not only on improving children’s reading skills, but also on their attitude towards reading. This is a hugely exciting project for Bookmark, and one that will heavily shape our future work.
H is for Harry is a coming of age story about Harry, a charismatic 11-year old boy, who arrives at secondary school in suburban London unable to read or write.
This film follows Harry over two years as he fights not only to improve academically but also to believe in a different future for himself.
Find out more here.
As the Department for Education publishes new primary school data showing what percentage of pupils reach the expected standard in reading, writing and maths, the BBC suggests it will take 50 years to close the ‘achievement gap’ between England’s rich and poor pupils.
Read more on the BBC website.
When John Corcoran wrote about his experience of not being able to read or write until he was in his late forties, many readers sent emails saying that they too had literacy problems. Some described painful experiences at school, while others described hiding their inability to read and write through shame.
Here is a selection of their stories.
John Corcoran grew up in New Mexico in the US during the 1940s and 50s. One of six siblings, he graduated from high school, went on to university, and became a teacher in the 1960s - a job he held for 17 years. But, as he explains here, he hid an extraordinary secret.