We need funds to ensure we can provide more children with access to our first Hub: The Pompey Pirates. This Hub is launching in the heart of the Charles Dickens Ward, Portsmouth in September 2020. It will offer a unique, creative and adventurous learning environment that inspires young people from the least advantaged communities to improve their literacy skills and fall in love with reading and writing.
School closures during the COVID-19 crisis mean our work has become even more crucial as the literacy gap between those less advantaged children and their peers is likely to become even wider. Children from disadvantaged backgrounds are the ones who benefit the most from being in a school environment, where their needs can be supported. They are the children who, because of the closures, are facing the most challenging learning circumstances thanks to a comparative lack of books, learning resources and IT. In fact, The Sutton Trust reported yesterday that “School closures during the COVID-19 lockdown could leave disadvantaged children with a ‘literacy learning loss’ of up to six months.”
We want to make sure that we can give access to our service to as many children as need it. We currently have the funds to support 60 students in September but have capacity to support more students. Therefore, any additional funds will enable us to provide our service to even more children who really need our support.
-£166 pays for a term of funding for one pupil
-£500 pays for one year of funding for one pupil
-£2,500 pays for five pupils for a full year of the programme