Reading Ahead

There’s been a huge push from National Prison Radio recently in the run-up to Christmas to promote The Reading Agency’s Reading Ahead (formerly Six Book Challenge) programme.

Nearly half (46%) of people who entered prison since August 2014 have low literacy skills, compared to 15% of the general population, according to new figures from the government. Reading Ahead currently runs in about 125 prisons and young offender institutions and encourages, inspires and supports reading for pleasure, thereby improving literacy skills. The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) supports The Reading Agency to get even more prisons involved in their programme. There was a good piece about it on Radio 4’s PM programme on 12 Nov .  Give a Book is pleased to give a Harper Collins mini-dictionary to all prisoners who complete Reading Ahead.  We’ve given more than 6,000 already this year and the National Prison Radio campaign hasn’t even finished yet. Great work from Reading Ahead.





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