Whatever it TakesWhatever it TakesDay 14 of Author Month on Tour today. Thank you so much to our fantastic author @JustoneSteve for joining us in person. Thank you to @AvenuePrimarySc and @WhitehallPriSch for hosting our author! https://t.co/8jFQiNCzKq3 days ago
Whatever it TakesWhatever it TakesDay 13 of Author Month on Tour today. Thank you to our fantastic authors @andyseedauthor, @simonjamesgreen & @JustoneSteve for joining us in person. Thank you to Barley Croft, @LindenPrimary, @GranbyPrimary, @WolseyHouse, @SandfieldClose, and @SJS_trips for hosting our authors https://t.co/Exlwiwm7yV4 days ago
Whatever it TakesWhatever it TakesRT @JudgemeadowLRC: Not forgetting our big fat Reading Rampage 2022 Party. It was filled with lots of cake, food and fun. Thankyou @Reading4 days ago
Whatever it TakesWhatever it TakesRT @JudgemeadowLRC: RR2022 The day started off with a Scavenger hunt around the school where the students had to find items linked to the…4 days ago
Whatever it TakesWhatever it TakesDay 12 of Author Month on Tour yesterday. Thank you so much to our fantastic authors @jonesgarethp and @JustoneSteve for joining us in person. Thank you to @Scraptoft Valley, @fields_st, Catherine Junior and @braunstone_cps for hosting our authors. https://t.co/L9VxpdnhHw4 days ago
Whatever it TakesWhatever it TakesDay 11 of Author Month on Tour today. Thank you to our fantastic authors @EmerStamp, @YoungSamurai and @JustoneSteve for joining us in person and virtually. Thank you to Alderman Richard, @SpinneyHill_Sch, Coleman Primary, Catherine Junior, @mellorschool, for hosting our author https://t.co/fUgJy56VMf6 days ago
Whatever it TakesWhatever it TakesRT @JustoneSteve: Looking forward to a week of school visits in Leicester with @LeicesterWiT as their @patronofreading Let’s get reading!…7 days ago
Whatever it TakesWhatever it TakesRT @MissSpurling: Year 4 had an amazing afternoon meeting @JosephACoelho They were wowed and highly curious during his talk, and inspired a…7 days ago
Whatever it TakesWhatever it TakesDay 10 of Author Month on Tour today. Thank you to our fantastic authors @JosephACoelho and @JustoneSteve for joining us in person. Thank you to Shenton Primary, @DovelandsLeic @SpinneyHill_Sch Evington Valley Primary for hosting our authors. https://t.co/j1DyCpbGLv7 days ago
Whatever it TakesWhatever it TakesDay 8 of Author Month on Tour yesterday. Thank you to our fantastic authors @KirstyApplebaum and @GuyParker_Rees for joining us in person and virtually. Thank you to Shenton Primary, @PrimaryMarriott, Inglehurst Primary, and Folville School for hosting our authors. https://t.co/WgQngJo4G91 week ago

About

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. 

12 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.

Whatever it Takes Full Project Evaluations

2009-2010

2010-2011

2011-2012

2012-2013

2013-2014

2014-2015