Read on. Get on.

Our chosen charity, Beanstalk, has some excellent results to report as they enter the 2014-2015 academic year. By the end of the last academic year they were supporting over 8,400 children in UK schools to read, through the dedicated commitment of over 2,800 reading helpers. This is over 400 more reading helpers than this time last year, enabling them to provide life-changing literacy support to 1,000 more children.

You may possibly have seen Beanstalk in the news recently, with the launch of the new national campaign Read On. Get On? Beanstalk is working with Save the Children and other organisations and businesses to ensure that every child can “read well” by the age of 11 by 2025.

According to their research published in a report last week, by 2025 one and a half million children will reach the age of 11 unable to ‘read well’ unless urgent action is taken. Currently, every year in the UK 130,000 children leave primary school not reading as well as they should. This figure includes 40% of all children from poorer backgrounds – a shockingly high proportion. Beanstalk has set out a bold ambition to ensure that by 2025 all children will start secondary school as confident readers. Achieving this goal would mean that every single child born this year would be able to read well by the time they finish primary school in 11 years’ time.

To read more about the Read On. Get On campaign, check out coverage on The Guardian,ITV, Huffington Post or Independent.

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