Why are we here?
Springboard for Children exists because every year 1 in 5 children leave primary school without reaching the expected levels of literacy.1
This means that approximately 1.62 million children in English schools can’t access the school curriculum because they aren’t reading well enough.
While the evidence shows that things are improving, some children with the poorest skills still aren’t making the progress they should.2 We believe that every child can achieve their potential and none should be left behind in the education system.
Children and young people with poor literacy are more likely to truant at secondary school and be unable to gain employment when they leave. 48% of people in prison have poor literacy skills compared to only 23% of the general population.3 Illiteracy costs our society £2.5 billion a year.4 There are certain areas of England where children are more at risk than others. This is where we focus our work.
1. Jama, D. & Dugdale, G. (2012) Literacy: State of the Nation, National Literacy Trust
2. BIS Research Paper No 81 (2012) The 2011 Skills for Life Survey: A Survey of Literacy, Numeracy and ICT Levels in England, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS, 2010)
3. Every Child a Chance Trust (2009) The Long term costs of Literacy Difficulties2nd Edition
4. Science and Technology Committee – Second Report (2009) “Every Child A Reader: Reading Recovery” in Evidence Check 1: Early Literacy Interventions