UK Faces Growing Literacy Crisis

By James Rix

The UK is facing a growing literacy crisis as 1 in 4 children start secondary school not being able to read properly.


A Troubling Start

Imagine a scenario where one in every five children in the UK grows up without a single book. This is not just a concerning image but a present-day reality. This lack of access to books reflects a significant problem in our educational landscape.


The Ripple Effect

This absence of books in early childhood has startling consequences later down the line. By the time children transition to secondary education, more than one in four learners don’t meet the expected standard in reading. This difficulty transcends beyond just reading; it’s about comprehending lessons, participating in discussions, and laying a solid foundation for future learning.


Falling Behind

The repercussions are far-reaching. Children who start off at a disadvantage are likely to end up over 10 years behind their peers by the time they sit their GCSEs. This gap is not just limited to academic performance but extends to their self-esteem, social interactions, and future prospects.


The Economic Impact

This literacy issue extends beyond the school gates; it’s an economic burden too. The UK government incurs an astonishing annual cost of £81 billion due to illiteracy. This expense stems from not addressing the underlying causes of literacy challenges.

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Reading Hub: Tackling the Literacy Crisis Early


Reading Hub is helping to directly address the UK’s literacy crisis.

At the very heart of “A Troubling Start,” Reading Hub addresses the issue head-on. By providing learners with access to over 3000 eBooks through a user-friendly app, the challenge of one in five children growing up without books could soon become a thing of the past.


Understanding the pivotal role of educators in this crisis, Reading Hub is committed to equipping teachers with the tools they need.

To demonstrate this commitment and to show how serious Reading Hub is about solving this literacy crisis, we are giving away a free eBook to every teacher who fills in the form below.


This initiative not only provides essential resources but also aims to inspire a lifelong love of reading, paving the way for a brighter educational future for all.