Can’t Write

Monday 4 August 2008

Can’t Read, Can’t Write is a shocking and moving series that reveals the hidden realities of Britain’s adult literacy crisis. In the final programme, Phil enters his class for government-approved adult literacy tests. He wants to prove both to himself and to the nine people on his course that they can reverse a lifetime of failure and pass an exam. It’s a huge risk, and emotions are running high. Will the project prove a success? And can lives be changed forever?

Monday 21 July 2008

Can’t Read, Can’t Write is a shocking and moving series that reveals the hidden realities of Britain’s adult literacy crisis. Nine illiterate adults enrol for a six-month reading course that they hope will change their lives. What makes this course different from other literacy courses is that it is taught by the inspirational, controversial and award-winning teacher Phil Beadle, previously seen inspiring disaffected teenagers in The Unteachables . Can he teach a class of adults – some of whom can’t even sound out a single word and not one of whom has ever passed an academic exam – to read? His pupils include James, 28, who can only write his own name, and 46-year old Linda, who cannot read a word and yet is desperate to grasp Shakespeare.

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