On 6th September 2017, we were delighted to celebrate 25 years of delivering dedicated tutoring to improve young people’s literacy within schools as Springboard for Children, and unveil our new name and look as The Children’s Literacy Charity.
Established in 1992 following an apparent gap in supporting children who were struggling with literacy skills, our work has reached thousands of children in social and economically disadvantaged urban areas of the UK. In the last year alone, we provided 43,000 hours of support, narrowing the comprehension age gap by 12 months on average.
Held at Regent’s University, London, the event was hosted by our Co-Founder and Patron, Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE, and we were also privileged to hear the moving story of the first pupil we helped 25 years ago and how our literacy intervention changed his life.
Our Chief Executive, Matthew Hickey, says: “With just under four million children in the UK growing up in poverty and disadvantage, we know that there are significant risks of literacy failure and our work is as relevant as ever in supporting young people, and teachers, to reduce the inequality gap.”
“Our re-launched organisation aims to support further charitable growth over the coming 25 years and supports our vision to see all underachieving children recognise their value and achieve their true potential.”