Imagine a day in the shoes of someone who can't read


Difficult isn't it?

7.1 million functionally illiterate adults in England struggle to read face challenges like these every day – at home, on the move, in the workplace, and with their friends and families.

England has one of the lowest literacy rates in the developed world.

We want to stop this trend. We want every child to read and every child to benefit from the opportunities that this will give them when they grow up.


The current situation

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MORE THAN 1 in 4 children in England are unable to read well when they leave primary school*

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Children unable to read well face difficulties with many subjects at school.


These children struggle for the rest of their education and beyond, which has a devastating impact on their life chances.

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People with poor literacy are more likely to be unemployed or in lower skilled jobs.

43% of adults in England don’t have the literacy skills they need to understand every day health information.

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Life expectancy is vastly reduced for those born in communities with the most serious literacy challenges.


Low literacy costs the UK economy £36 billion every year**

46% of prisoners are unable to read to the expected level of an 11 year old


Sources:   * Department for Education;   ** World Literacy Foundation;   all other statistics from National Literacy Trust