The years 2020 and 2021 have been the most disrupted years for children and young people for nearly a century.  

The Children’s Commissioner has said, the pandemic and the lockdown has stolen 840 million days of schooling from children and young people in the UK: that’s roughly equivalent to 19 weeks per pupil. 

Children need help to catch-up these 19 weeks – especially those children and young people who are disadvantaged or who are experiencing SEND. Children and young people are counting on all of us to make sure that they ready as they can be for the start of the next school year. 

At Achievement for All, we are stepping up with AfA’s Summer of Literacy to support all children and young people to catch up and be school or work ready, building the skills and resilience through learning activities that engage them to explore and apply all areas of literacy (speaking and listening, reading and writing…even singing!). 

AfA’s Summer of Literacy includes three events available to all early years, schools and post-16 settings: the AfA record-breaking 200 million minutes reading challenge, Joffre White’s Wonder Words Writing Challenge, and the AfA 10 Year Birthday Song Writing Competition. 

AfA’s Summer of Literacy offers schools, early years settings, childminders, and parents a range of tested and effective learning activities that develop children’s wider literacy and communication skills - not just reading 

AfA’s Summer of Literacy will take place online, at home, in school, and at events funded by the government’s holiday activities and food programme, in partnership with the HAF Alliance.   

Leaders, teachers, parents, carers, volunteers, catch-up tutors, children and young people are invited to join us. 

Remember to check back regularly at https://afaeducation.org/ for details of our competitions, activities and partners.