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The Open University

The Open University

The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning. Since it began in 1969, the OU has taught more than two million students worldwide and has over 170,000 current students, including more than 7,000 overseas.

Over 76% of students are in full-time or part-time employment, and three out of five FTSE 100 companies have sponsored staff to take OU courses. In the latest assessment exercise for university research (Research Excellence Framework, 2014), nearly three quarters (72%) of OU research was assessed as 4 or 3 star – the highest ratings available, awarded to research that is world-leading or internationally excellent.

The OU is unique among UK universities having both an access mission and demonstrating research excellence. Regarded as the UK’s major e-learning institution, the OU is a world leader in developing technology to increase access to education on a global scale. Its vast ‘open content portfolio’ includes free study units, as well as games, videos and academic articles, which have reached over 36 million people. For further information please visit The Open University –

Funders and supporters

Overdrive Education

OverDrive Education

“OverDrive Education is the leading digital reading platform for K-12, delivering the industry’s largest catalog of ebooks and audiobooks to school partners across the globe. We support reading and learning in the classroom, library and home. Learn more about OverDrive Education, and Sora the student reading app, at



At Pearson, we believe every learner should be equipped with the tools they need to express their ideas and imagination creatively and confidently, in order to become whoever they choose to be. To find out more about Pearson Literacy and English please visit our web-page.

The School Library Association (SLA)

The SLA is a UK focused charity which supports everyone involved in school libraries. With over 2,000 members, we provide training and resources to help school libraries thrive and support the continuing development of all school library staff. To find out more about joining our community, visit our website, follow us on Twitter, or contact us at

Our publishing partners

Thank you to all of our publishing partners who have provided resources for the Teachers’ Reading Challenge website and supported our mission to get more children and young people reading for pleasure.

A very big thank you to all the organisations, libraries, schools and individuals for your help promoting this year’s Challenge.