City of Readers

The City of Readers project began in 2014 to raise the profile of reading in the city and to develop a new generation of readers.  The project developed out of Mayor Joe Anderson’s pledge to improve education standards and to transform Liverpool into the UK’s foremost reading city.  The Reader Organisation were key partners in the project, and Founder and Director of The Reader Organisation, Jane Davis, was appointed by Liverpool Learning Partnership to run the campaign.

Liverpool Learning Partnership invested significantly in City of Readers to deliver a range of programmes including: Reading Revolutionaries Roadshows (RRR), Readers in Residence (RiR) and supporting LAC and EYFS settings.  The City of Readers website gives further details of this work.

RiR has been delivered in 47 schools: 30 primary, 12 secondary, and 5 special.  RRR has been undertaken in 72 schools: 53 primary, 17 secondary, and 2 special schools.  106 schools have now completed the Reading for Pleasure Quality Mark which LLP has been supporting SIL to deliver across all phases.  87% of all LLP schools have actively engaged in one or more of these reading for pleasure initiatives, with 14% doing all of them and 44% doing at least two.

In April of 2017, the formal relationship with City of Readers came to an end and many thanks are due to Jane Davis and Mary Hind Portley for all their work with the initiative.

The RRR and RiR programmes are still available for schools to buy into via The Reader.  The Reading Quality Mark is available through School Improvement Liverpool.

If you’d like to find out more about the City of Readers project, please visit