Projects


2013 Football Writers' Association: NLA is delighted to have been chosen as the FWA's charitable partner for 2013. Income raised from our partnership will be used to work with a small group of children in Years 6 and 7 who are struggling with learning.

2012- 2013 Aspire Attire: A t-shirt design competition run with premier footballer Joleon Lescott to encourage children aged 11 - 16 to have high expectations of what they can achieve. The competition was won by Ethan McGarry whose tee-shirt design  will be available from LescottStewart in spring 2013.

2011 ongoing : Set up, with support from the NUT, NASUWT and Besa, The Guide to Literacy Resources. An online publication for teachers and others concerned with the education and care of children. The NLA's Guide aims to be an easy-to-use, independent, accessible, time-saving aid to finding some really great resources for helping and supporting children's literacy and nurturing a love of reading.

2010 The Reading Manifesto :A publication produced by NLA sponsored by Pearson which sets out the crisis facing children's literacy; the right of every child to have access to books, to become literate and to take pleasure from reading and other aspects of learning; and the actions that we all - children, teachers, parents and carers, publishers and others - can implement to ensure those rights. The Reading Manifesto includes the contributions of speakers and delegates attending The Literacy Forum at the 2010 Education Show. NLA also hopes to build on the conference and The Reading Manifesto by working on projects  in disadvantaged areas across the country encouraging reading for pleasure and implementing many of the action points included in The Manifesto. 

2006 - 2009 Kirklees Looked After Children and Literacy: (funded by KPMG) working with KS2/3 children who are struggling with literacy, using reading recovery principles.2006 - 2007 Kirklees Madressahs : support for two Madressahs in Kirklees to build a starter library of reading books for the children. Support to establish a simple loan system.

2006  Caribbean Children's Literature Development Project: (funded by the Foyle Foundation). Development of library of Caribbean children's literature as online resource. Small festival to celebrate and publicise Caribbean Children's literature.

2006  West Bromwich Albion Football Club PDA Pilot Project: (funded by the William A. Cadbury Charitable Trust): Three projects using PDAs - Lads and Dads; Looked After Children and Literacy; and Developing Literacy through Ground Tours.

2006  A Chance to Shine: (with Birmingham Looked After Children's Education Services) : provided Roadshow for carers and input to the Training and Opportunities Committee for Birmingham's Year of the Looked After Child

2003 - 2006 Time for Children : (with The Who Cares? Trust, Volunteer Reading Help and TimeBank) recruited volunteers to read with looked after children.The project took place in the North West, the West Midlands and Kent. 

2003 - 2005 Hampshire Dream Team Literacy Initiative : a three year initiative to improve education attainment of some 60 children in the care of Hampshire LA. All the children had a baseline assessment; on-going support through provision of books, Reading Passports, portable computers and training to children and their carers.

2003 - 2005 Liverpool RAP – Reading Adventure Project : (with Liverpool 's Virtual School, funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Liverpoool City Council) 300 looked-after children aged 8-13  received book tokens and a Reading Passport, encouragement to join library and were invited to story telling and theatre sessions throughout the project. RAP encouraged and supported carers to share books with children and provided a Homework Library for 11- to 13-year-olds.

2003 - 2005 Looking After Literacy in Kent : (with The Who Cares? Trust and Kent County Council funded by the Collyer-Fergusson Trust)  More than 60 looked-after children were given a hand-help portable computer, a Reading Passport and book tokens with ongoing support from “project visitors” and Reading Roadshows for carers. 

2002 - 2004 Birmingham REAL - Raising Expectations and Achievements in Literacy :(with Birmingham Partnership for Change funded by The Barrow Cadbury Trust, The Tudor Trust, The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, The Roald Dahl Foundation, The Community Fund and Birmingham Grid for Learning) the project helped provide a book -rich environment and on-going support for more than 250 children in three primary schools with a high proportion of children from African and Caribbean communities. Taken over by LA/Aston Pride to become REAL 2 from 2004 - 2006.

1999 - 2001 Right To Read : (with The Who Cares? Trust, funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation) Based on the message in our publication Breaking their fall: Meeting the literacy needs of looked after children, in 5 LAs we equipped children’s homes and secure units with a Starter Library of Books; ran Reading Roadshows for carers; and organised Creative Achievement Days for children.

1995 - 1997 Docklands Learning Acceleration Project : using hand-held computers and providing access to books in 15 primary schools. Children made 23 months progress  in reading and doubled rate of literacy acquisition.