Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce, in partnership with the National Literacy Trust will be launching our Staffordshire Business Pledge for Literacy.
Research estimates that if every child left primary school with the reading skills they need, our economy could be more than £32.1 billion bigger by 2025. Low literacy and numeracy skills are also affecting our productivity as a nation.
Now entering its fifth year, the Vision for Literacy Business Pledge calls on UK businesses to join the national literacy campaign to help close the nation’s literacy gap and boost social mobility. Nearly 100 businesses signed up in 2019, including Amazon, Facebook, KPMG, McDonald’s and the Premier League.
Stoke Reads, a long-term community literacy project run by the National Literacy Trust and its partners in schools, the council and the community, has done much to boost literacy outcomes across the city.
Despite this, significant challenges remain.
In 2018, for example, just 42% of disadvantaged pupils reached the expected standard in reading, writing and maths at Key Stage 2. According the latest report by the Social Mobility Commission, Stoke-on-Trent is a social mobility coldspot, ranked 298 out of 324 areas nationally.
We believe the business community can play a significant role in tackling these challenges. The Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce and the National Literacy Trust are launching the Staffordshire Business Pledge for Literacy to create and support this business drive for change.
Join us on 7th February 2020 where you will be able to find out more information about the Staffordshire Business Pledge for Literacy and what you and your business can do to tackle low levels of literacy across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.
08:00am – 08:30am Registration and Networking
08:30am – Introduction from Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce
08:45am – Launch of The Staffordshire Business Pledge for Literacy
09:20am – Questions
09:30am – Close and Networking