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Do your students spend hours practising their football skills, but no time reading? Are they more interested in music and dance than their English lessons?

The National Literacy Trust’s Skills Academy programme is built on 15 years of successfully delivering sport and literacy programmes. It helps Year 7 & 8 students struggling with their reading increase their comprehension skills, reading stamina and motivation to read and delivers key objectives from the KS3 national curriculum.  Our interim research showed that 1 in 3 pupils taking part in the 10-week intervention improved their reading ability on average by 11 months.

With the generous support of Clarks, Skills Academy includes two modules: one focuses on freestyle football and the other on beatbox and breakdance. Students complete weekly reading challenges in one or other of the modules and are rewarded with how-to videos of impressive football tricks or beatboxing and breakdance routines. The fun and informative videos are demonstrated by professional beatboxers, breakdancers and top freestyle footballers.

Try out Skills Academy before you buy it, with a free lesson plan, and sample challenge.

Read how Sunanda Biswas motivates students to learn with breakdance.

Supported by

  • Clarks are supporting the National Literacy Trust through the Skills Academy programme. With their generous funding we are aiming to improve the reading skills and motivation of over 22,500 students in the next 5 years.

    Clarks pride themselves on the design and quality of their shoes. They have been caring for kids’ feet for over 170 years and as the leading school shoe brand in the UK, their beautifully crafted shoes enable kids to learn in comfort, be curious and enjoy the adventure of childhood. 

    Clarks are committed to making a positive contribution to communities around the world, supporting initiatives that enable people to live healthy and fulfilling lives.

    With their support, a much greater number of children will benefit from the Skills Academy programme ensuring an increase in children’s positive reading attitudes and behaviours, as well as the acceleration in non-cognitive skills like self-confidence, physical and mental wellbeing.

    Clarks’ Corporate Social Responsibility focus on comfort and movement aligns with Skills Academy as both the reading and the movement skills involved in the programme are vital for children as they develop their own identity and when the exploration of freedom and movement are at the forefront of their minds.


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