Local Authorities

Letterbox Club parcels can inspire a love of reading and engagement with numeracy for vulnerable children in your area. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about the programme:

Letterbox girl with red parcel

How are children selected for the Letterbox Club?

Each local authority decides which children they will register to be members of the Letterbox Club. Local authorities can enrol as few or as many children as they wish. This has varied depending on individual capacity and budget to run the programme.

As well as children who are looked-after, the programme is also suitable for other children who would benefit, such as those on the edge of care or as part of post-adoption support. Click here for more information about the parcels.

How much administration is required?

BookTrust is unable to hold contact details for participating children and therefore local authorities are required to distribute the parcels each month.

We recommend that each local authority identifies a member of staff to coordinate the programme, who will:

  • Insert the child's name to template letters we provide for each parcel
  • Address each parcel to the child at their current home address
  • Post or give out the parcels each month

Previously where a department has funds but not the capacity to administer the programme staff from other departments have helped to send out the parcels. If you would like advice about programme administration, please contact Stephen Rusbridge.

When are the parcels delivered?

Letterbox Club parcels are usually delivered to your local authority in six, monthly batches - depending on your storage capacity. We can deliver two months' worth at a time, if you have enough space.

Have you evaluated the impact of the programme?

Research and Evaluation is an important part of the Letterbox Club. The results of several evaluations have showed some very promising improvements in children's reading and maths, and a high level of enthusiasm for the parcels.

Pre- and post-programme surveys and bi-monthly feedback forms are also available for Letterbox coordinators to use with children and carers taking part. Many coordinators choose to link elements of the Letterbox Club to target setting, for example as part of PEP meetings.

Find all Letterbox Club evaluation reports

Have we answered your question? If not please get in touch at letterbox@booktrust.org.uk or call us on 020 7801 8805.

Letterbox Club registration is now open for 2018

Local authorities and schools can use Pupil Premium Plus for children who are looked after, and Pupil Premium for other vulnerable children, to fund the programme. Letterbox Club reached 11,000 children across the UK in 2017.

How to sign up

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