Nearly a quarter of the children in Portsmouth live in poverty. Children from low-income backgrounds are twice as likely to fall below expected levels of reading and writing by age 11 than their peers from wealthier homes. Therefore, they are already at least two years behind in reading ability when they start secondary school, putting them at a huge disadvantage.
Timely support given to a child who is falling behind with their literacy skills can stop them from falling further behind, catch them up with their peers and transform their life, giving them an equal chance to achieve their potential.
Due to Covid-19 related school closures, our work has become even more crucial as the literacy gap between those less advantaged children and their peers has become even wider. Our hubs support schools in closing this gap. For schools enquiring about our provision please complete our contact from.