The Middlesbrough Promise is a partnership of education, health, literacy and community professionals. Building on the work of the National Literacy Trust, it aims to improve the life chances of our youth by encouraging children and young people to reach their maximum potential through reading.

We need you to help our children see the importance of reading: research shows that children who read from an early age will have a higher standard of living, more opportunities to succeed in all areas of life and there is even a direct link with achieving long term health as children progress into adulthood.

Through a simple pledge to read more, children are broadening their own horizons and opening their minds up to a whole new world which could lead to endless possibilities!

We want to support everyone – adults, young people and children alike – to embrace reading, not just for education but also for fun. Make your Middlesbrough Promise today and share your current read as part of your e-mail footer, for example:
I support the Middlesbrough Promise and I am currently reading: ‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Bronte

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Words for Life website

The Words for Life website is an excellent tool for parents to learn how they can introduce their children to reading, poetry, new learning skills and much more with the overall aim of helping to raise national literacy levels.

The website is the National Literacy Trust’s website specifically for parents – please do encourage parents to visit this website.

Parents will be able to gain useful tips from top authors, find out about the latest ‘recommended reads’ that children will love, and there’s lots of fun information on family reading games and downloadable activities.

You can point families and parents to the Words for Life website.