The vision of The Children’s Literacy Charity is to see all underachieving children recognise their value and achieve their true potential.
As ‘Springboard for Children’, the charity’s origins lie in Peckham, South East London. In 1992 a group of benevolent Peckham residents moved into the area and recognised an overwhelming need for children and young people in local schools to receive additional support with learning literacy.
As former teachers they felt confident in volunteering their time, energy and resources to provide children who were struggling to keep up with the chance to work on the basics, often discovering that the children were facing a wide range of challenges and difficulties that were greatly affecting their ability to learn. They knew that only through a one-to-one, long-term supportive intervention could the children fully realise and unlock their potential.
The 25th anniversary
The Children’s Literacy Charity is the evolution of an organisation with over 25 years of experience in providing high quality, one-to-one literacy interventions for children and young people who need help with their literacy.
The Children’s Literacy Charity and its delivery space (Literacy Lab) will prepare the organisation to support children and young people in making improvements to all aspects of reading, writing, listening and speaking, for the next 25 years.
Our aspiration is to see all underachieving children recognise their value and achieve their true potential.
To change the effects of underachievement and social exclusion among children. To aim for every child to recognise, value and achieve their true potential and to do this by providing individualised early intervention literacy teaching and by building skills and confidence through an affirming relationship between tutor and child.
The Children’s Literacy Charity’s values are not just words on a page; they are in the organisation’s DNA. They underpin everything the charity does and are reflected in the day-to-day behaviour of its staff. It is the charity’s strategic intent to evolve the brand and the values that underpin it to meet the needs of the next 25 years. With that, the charity has developed the following values:
- Excellence: Provide specialised, high quality, one-to-one literacy tuition (reading, writing, speaking and listening) delivering impactful results.
- Adaptability: Delivers flexible provision in the place of most need, through working in partnership, in schools or the community.
- Boldness: More places, more children, more often.
- Passion: Ensure children and young people become fully literate.
The first child we supported
In 1992 Michael Momoh was a child living in Peckham, South East London. His father wasn’t around and his mother had to return to their first home in Nigeria, leaving him to look after his sister.
Michael was attending Oliver Goldsmith Primary School when he began experiencing challenges with his learning. Passing by the school as a new resident to Peckham, Jane Hastings overheard a teacher telling Michael ‘there is nothing more I can do to help you’ and knew that could not be true. Instead, she decided to approach the school with an offer of help.