“I hate literacy. I’d rather die than do literacy.”

Ross, aged 10, Pear Tree Mead Primary School.

“We learnt so much and you have inspired me to be a journalist.”

Joe, Year 6, St Walburga’s School


Getting children to want to read and write is sometimes hard. We think we can offer something unique that can help teachers in that daily struggle.

The National Literacy Trusts’ Premier League Reading Stars has been a big success in getting children reading. Press Packers uses a similar carrot – using something they may be interested in – to get them WRITING. By showing them that they can write about football or rugby or Formula One, I hope our workshops can be inspirational and aspirational.

“Reading enjoyment is more important in determining a child’s educational success than their family’s socioeconomic status.”

NLT’s 2013-2014 State of the Nation report.

“60,000 boys fail to reach the expected level in reading at the Age of 11.”

Boys’ Reading Commission 2012.

The State of the Nation report also stated that 40 per cent of adults in our most deprived areas lack literacy skills expected of an 11-year-old. I think our workshops can help both those with little parental support, but also the more able pupils who thrive on new challenges.

The beauty of Press Packers is that I am always changing the events to make them relevant because I want to reflect the real, ever-changing world of sports journalism. So if you want a World Cup or an Olympic theme I can create a bespoke workshop to tie in with your wishes or current topics.


Photo courtesy of Graham Hughes
Photo courtesy of Graham Hughes