Whatever it TakesWhatever it TakesSchools in Leicester are hearing from @MrEPrimary about Re-engaging their school community in reading this morning. Our first virtual Reading Champions' Conference. More bite-sized conferences happening each month with different topics. @leicesterlibrar @MidlandsCLS https://t.co/v5W03t9IZK6 days ago
Whatever it TakesWhatever it Takes@MBooks2love @MrEPrimary Everyone who booked on via Eventbrite have been sent a link to the session.6 days ago
Whatever it TakesWhatever it TakesWe are so excited to be part of this fantastic initiative again this year alongside @leicesterlibrar and @MidlandsCLS A fabulous selection of books again this year, set to inspire and entertain Year 5/6 pupils! https://t.co/2VhAQtPEW81 week ago
Whatever it TakesWhatever it TakesOn Wednesday we are welcoming @MrEPrimary to our Reading Champions' Conference - have you booked your place? #reading #school #Leicester #whateverittakes https://t.co/zUvkp48vGZ1 week ago
Whatever it TakesWhatever it TakesRT @leicesterlibrar: There's still time for your child to complete the #SummerReadingChallenge, as it runs until 30 September. Stuck for i…2 weeks ago
Whatever it TakesWhatever it TakesRT @StokesWoodPS: We have been on Sky News today! Here’s the video of our feature https://t.co/WrfFTu4zaX @leicesterliz @leicesterssp @N3 weeks ago
Whatever it TakesWhatever it TakesRT @leicesterlibrar: Paul is back with our second instalment of this week's online storytelling, as part of the #SillySquad #SummerReadingC3 weeks ago
Whatever it TakesWhatever it TakesRT @OrchardMead_Lib: The mobile library is ready for action. Visiting the Year 9 and 10 zones today #letsgetreading https://t.co/rxG1K7Nlvy3 weeks ago
Whatever it TakesWhatever it TakesRT @InglehurstJun: What a week we have had so far! The children have loved reading our class book - #KidNormal 📖 They have thoroughly enjoy…3 weeks ago
Whatever it TakesWhatever it TakesRT @MowmacreHill: Welcome to the latest member of our Mowmacre Family - it’s “Book Bot” Great way to promote reading - there are going to b…3 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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