We’re proud to be part of Read North East, a new campaign to raise children’s literacy levels in the North East. The campaign is led by the National Literacy Trust and supported by Penguin Random House UK, the Education Endowment Foundation and Greggs PLC together with local schools, libraries and arts organisations.
Read North East will address the significant literacy challenges faced by the UK’s North East region, an area with a rich and compelling history of language and writing, but also with some of the lowest literacy levels in the country. Research shows that 17% of the population in the North East aged 16 to 65 have literacy skills at or below those expected of a 9 to 11-year-old.
The intergenerational literacy challenge in the region has been reinforced by recent data analysis by the National Literacy Trust and Experian, which looked at the societal factors most closely associated with low literacy. The analysis of every electoral ward and parliamentary constituency in England found that 60% of wards in the North East are at risk of serious literacy problems, making it the second most vulnerable region to literacy issues in the country after London.
Our commitment to Read North East forms part of our overall Creative Responsibility commitment to the national Read On. Get On goal to get every child reading well by the age of 11 by 2025.