Businesses come together in London to tackle the UK’s literacy crisis.

Bdaily reports that last night, business leaders gathered in London to show commitment to tackling the UK’s growing literacy and social mobility crisis by signing the Vision for Literacy Business Pledge 2018.

UK companies, like Costa and Penguin Random House, attended the annual Pledge seminar – supported by education secretary, Justine Greening.

In the following year, the Pledge is to focus on closing the early years attainment gap to give all children the best possible start. So far, 54 businesses have pledged support.

Greening said: “Making sure children can read fluently helps give them the best possible start and through our raised standards and emphasis on phonics, an additional 154,000 six-year-olds are on track to becoming fluent readers.”

It was first established two years ago in 2015 by the National Literacy Forum, led by the National Literacy Trust. It aims to give support to businesses tackling literacy issues in the workplace, local community and across the nation.

According to the Literacy Trust, young people in the UK have some of the poorest literacy skills in the world – particularly those from the most disadvantaged areas.

Jonathan Douglas, director of the National Literacy Trust, said: “Business has a powerful role to play in improving the literacy skills of all children and young people, regardless of their backgrounds, before they reach working age.”

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