Whatever it TakesWhatever it TakesFrom our very own @patronofreading -looks great! https://t.co/IekH8C9nxF24 hours ago
Whatever it TakesWhatever it TakesRT @OffSchoolUK: How about a bit of calm? This wonderful meditation activity for children is a great way to calm down at the end of the day…24 hours ago
Whatever it TakesWhatever it TakesRT @leicesterlibrar: Prepare to be part of the adventure! Get comfortable, find a quiet space and listen as the story surrounds you in our…24 hours ago
Whatever it TakesWhatever it TakesRT @leicesterlibrar: #TimeToRead To celebrate our fantastic storytellers have created a new storytelling video playlist - A Story a Day - f…24 hours ago
Whatever it TakesWhatever it TakesRT @WalkerBooksAus: Zombierella is the first book in a funny, deliciously dark, three-part series of twisted classics by award-winning poet…1 week ago
Whatever it TakesWhatever it TakesRT @MrEPrimary: It’s that time of year again... hello balloons 🥳 https://t.co/oNGd2K0KII1 week ago
Whatever it TakesWhatever it TakesRT @JosephACoelho: "Are you lost? Wondered in by accident perhaps? No! Ah maybe you are here for a story... I have just the thing for you t…1 week ago
Whatever it TakesWhatever it TakesToday sees our second bite-sized virtual Reading Champions' Conference. Schools in Leicester are hearing from @JosephACoelho about Bringing Poetry to Life: Using Poetry in the Classroom. @leicesterlibrar @MidlandsCLS1 week ago
Whatever it TakesWhatever it TakesNext Tuesday we welcome @JosephACoelho to our Reading Champions' Conference - have you booked your place? #poetry #reading #school #Leicester #whateverittakes https://t.co/Bxpn36Epdj2 weeks ago


Whatever it Takes is Leicester’s city-wide initiative to get every child in Leicester reading. It has been in operation since 2010 and is funded by schools, the initiative is a collaborative approach focused on raising literacy levels across the city and dedicated to ensuring that, as a city, we are ALL reading for pleasure.

Why was WiT created?

WiT began in 2009 because research and data showed...

  • Around 25% of children in Leicester did not attain their age-related standard for reading at the end of primary school.
  • Each year around 350  children transferred to Year 7 below NC level 3, costing secondary schools an extra £1min additional support.
  • The average cost to the public purse for each individual without functional literacy (up to age 37) is estimated to be between £44,000 to £53,000 per year

What happened next?

WiT was formed as a partnership between Schools Forum, Leicester Primary Partnership (previously City Primary Heads), Secondary Education Improvement Partnership, Leicester City Council, NUT and the SDSA. Together they established a 10 year strategy dedicated to creating city-wide momentum around the teaching and enjoyment of reading. 

10 years on...

WiT continues to successfully co-ordinate central events, training and projects for schools which aim to:

  • Provide inspiration and contribute to helping build a positive reading culture.
  • Support the training and development of staff in schools who lead, teach and support reading activities.
  • Help schools provide effective, targeted work for some of their more vulnerable learners.
  • Provide better value for schools through the benefits of economies of scale when schools work together.

Dedicated project work and an effective planning by reading practitioners secure a sense of purpose and value for money across these projects that contribute to WIT’s continuing success.

Working in Partnership

Leicester Libraries Neighbourhood Services and Creative Learning Services (CLS) have been a key supporter of the Whatever it Takes initiative since its launch in 2010. Their support and contributions have been, and continue to be, invaluable to the success of the initiative.

For more information about specific projects and events please take the time to browse our website.

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