In committing to a very significant investment of in excess of £25,000 in a new literacy scheme, the school hopes to not only improve students’ literacy skills and therefore examination results, but to see the benefits in more confident young people joining the workforce, who are not held back by limited reading ability.
Our aspiration is that local employers will see the benefit of our decision in the young people they employ over the next 5 years, whatever roles these young people take on. The ability to read confidently means that written instructions, workplace health and safety policies, even information about employee pension arrangements, can be better understood, which will all contribute to improvements in productivity.
We are asking for your help with this.
The financial commitment that the school has made will enable us to embed literacy skills right across the school syllabus, so that whatever subject our young people are studying, there is an emphasis on developing their literacy skills. But we are in desperate need of books! We are identifying suitable books to provide to young people to encourage them to read more regularly, and to eventually gain enjoyment from reading. Whether it is a range of books on footballers to stimulate interest in young teenagers (typically boys) who show little interest in the written word, or a selection of English literature classics to stretch confident readers and inspire them to read more widely.
We have set a target of 2,000 books, for which we are allocating an average cost of £10 per book. We would like to ask you if you would be prepared to make a financial contribution to this effort. You will see the benefits of your contribution as you recruit young people to your workforce in the future. And given that you are spending for the purpose of improving your future pool of talent, the amount you pay will be deductible from your profits for tax purposes!
Every book that you sponsor will include a recognition of the support of your business through a sticker inside the front cover. Who knows, a young person may eventually work for you and recognise the contribution that your business made to their success.
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- Lucy Honeychurch
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