Shaun's true story

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Click on the picture above to hear Shaun Allison's inspiring story of improving his reading.

Advice line

Call the advice line on 08000 150 950

Millions of adults like Shaun 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.

Calls are free from most landlines but some mobile operators may charge for the call. Text messages cost 12-15p.

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.

Reading groups like Shaun's can also be a fun, social way to improve your reading. You can find out about groups meeting near you on the Reading groups website. Please note the BBC is not responsible for the content of external websites.

As Shaun found, adult courses are not like school. In fact they are often designed for people who didn't like school. Tutors talk with students as adults.


Watch another video with advice from learners. Or choose a link from the list on the right at the top of the page.