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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



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. We are the world’s learning company, with expertise in Literacy and English and a range of teaching and learning services. Our products and services are used by millions of teachers and learners around the world every day. Our mission is to help people make progress in their lives through learning — because we believe that learning opens up opportunities, creating fulfilling careers and better lives.

To find out more about Pearson Literacy and English please visit our website.

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 [email protected].

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.