Secrets and Words - Sue's true story

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Click on the picture above to hear Sue Chapman's inspiring story of improving her reading.

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Millions of adults like Sue have transformed their lives by improving their reading and writing. To find out about free local courses call our advice line on 08000 150 950.

Or text the message WORDS to 81010 to get the advice line number sent to your phone, so you have it to hand in future.

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You can also ask for advice in libraries, job centres and colleges. And if you are in a union you can ask your union learning rep.

Like Sue, simply talking with someone you trust can be inspiring.

Secrets and Words

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BBC One TV drama Secrets and Words tells the stories of five adults who, like Sue, decide to improve their reading and writing.

The dramas were first broadcast on BBC One in March 2012. To find out more about the TV programme go to the Secrets and Words TV programme page.

Skillswise has created activities based around the characters from Secrets and Words for anyone thinking about improving their reading and writing. For example try JJ's poem, or click on a link from the list on the right.

Sue's fish pie

Sue's fish pie

Are you inspired by Sue's passion for reading recipes?

Print out and play a spot the word game based on Sue's fish pie recipe.


To watch another inspiring video see Shaun's true story, or choose a link from the list on the right at the top of the page.