Does Stoke deserve its reputation?

When it comes to academic or business success, Stoke-on-Trent tends to suffer in comparisons to other cities.th (2)

One reason aimed at this lack of prosperity is the levels of education at all ages, from child to adult.

Recent studies carried out by the National Literacy Trust have however shone a good light of the performance of literacy across the city.

A study carried out in 2015 delivered positive reading for the people of Stoke. Out of over 1,500 areas included in the study Stoke performed well with Stoke Central achieving 46th place overall (North 71st and South 126th).

However it must be mentioned that in contrast to this 86% of all areas nationally did have at least one place in need of high levels of literacy support and this was the same for the three regions of Stoke-on-Trent.

With the city now being a National Literacy Hub back by the National Literacy Trust who are working with Stoke-on-Trent City Council they have launched Stoke Reads, an initiative to improve access to books and raise reading levels.

Over the past several years the increase in investment across the City of Stoke has certainly improved and with it bringing many employment opportunities. This however brings greater competition for jobs and a need for adults to have continually improving reading skills, especially in the service industry.

However there are the green shoots of progress in this area as local libraries, recently faced with closure due to funding cuts, are leading the way in supporting adult groups to improve their skill base and literacy and reading is a key focus.

So with much still to do, the signs of progress for all generations might be challenging those preconceptions about the people of Stoke-on-Trent.

 

 

 

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