Discover ELINET!

The European Literacy Policy Network (ELINET) brings together information on the state of literacy education in some 28 European countries. Over the past two years, they have conducted extensive research to provide a framework and platform for literacy education. Find out where the UK stands in comparison with Europe in literacy education and see examples of good practice in literacy education.


ELINET– the European project that brings together information on the state of literacy education in some 28 European countries, has just completed its work. 

Be inspired by more than 80 accounts of good practice in literacy education from all four corners of Europe

Glow with pride at the many Good Practice examples from the UK, many nominated by UKLA, and all approved by an international committee of reviewers.

Be stimulated by ELINET’s invaluable information about literacy-related fundraising and awareness raising.

Find out how England and Scotland stand in comparison to other EU countries in the Country Reports, comprehensive accounts of literacy education, from the earliest years, right through formal schooling and beyond. UKLA, as one of the most active of ELINET’s 78 partners, has played a significant part in the Country Report for England, while the Country Report for Scotland has mainly been provided by Learning and Teaching Scotland.

Learn where we need to focus

What do we do well in England and Scotland?

  • We are better at teaching literacy to children and adults who are migrants and/or speak another language at home
  • In England we pay more attention to reading for pleasure in our official documents

What do we do less well?

  • In both England and Scotland, we’re rather worse than most other European countries in closing the socio-economic gap in literacy attainment
  • We’re not so good at developing comprehension in the upper primary school
  • In England we are less successful than other countries at getting children to read for pleasure
  • Our teenagers in particular seem to like reading less than teenagers in other countries

Support the European Declaration of the Right to Literacy

“Everyone in Europe has the right to acquire literacy. European Union Member, candidate and associate States should ensure that people of all ages, regardless of social class, religion, ethnicity and gender, are provided with the necessary resources and opportunities to develop sufficient and sustainable literacy skills and knowledge in order to effectively understand and use written communication in print and digital media.” View the full declaration

Print your own copy of the two-page declaration, including the 11 conditions that would make this right a reality for all Europeans, to display at your workplace!

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