We are Real Action and we transform lives through literacy.

Butterfly High Flyers

Our educational charity, Real Action, is best known for the outstanding achievement of the children we teach at our Butterfly literacy classes – on Saturdays, and in schools. We are based in a West London community with the UK’s highest level of child deprivation.

Our pupils’ reading ages rise by an average 12 months in 20 hours’ pacey Butterfly literacy teaching. Since 1999 our Butterfly classes have helped thousands of children avoid a life of poverty or crime. Many have gone to university! Disadvantaged children need not be doomed to educational disadvantage.

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Real Action Emergency! Can you help? Might any of your friends? Your acquaintances? An important source of support for our wonderful Butterfly reading classes for disadvantaged literacy needy children has been the English Express classes we give to grown-ups. These are so popular that we had to set up 6 extra classes, in classrooms aroundRead More

Grenfell Tower Tragedy

GRENFELL TOWER REAL ACTION’S MESSAGE OF CONDOLENCE The Tower is at the heart of one of the needy communities in which we run Butterfly Literacy Schools and we have been consoling some of the parents we know. We are mourning the loss of two of our Butterfly pupils. The Rugby Portobello Centre (home of oneRead More

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