The English Spelling Society was founded in 1908 (as the Simplified Spelling Society), by philanthropists and educational reformers. It now has a world-wide membership including people from the United Kingdom, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and other English speaking countries. Its object is to raise awareness of the problems and costs arising from the irregularity of English Spelling and to highlight the difficulty of mastering our spelling system. It promotes remedies to improve literacy, including possible spelling reform. Although it currently does not favour any one alternative spelling scheme. It provides a forum whereby authors of such schemes can submit their proposals to peer review.

Over the century since its inception the Society and its members have produced numerous publications in the form of books, pamphlets and journals etc. It seeks to bring spelling issues to the attention of the media and the wider public through press notices, radio interviews and other means. It has also organised a number of conferences of which the last one was held at Coventry University in 2008, the centenary of the Society's foundation.

The Society follows closely the development of research into question of literacy and spelling and, in addition to publicising relevant articles, seeks to promote further such research in areas where this could be useful.

The following pages set out the Society's aims and policies:

  • Aims and objectives and the six axioms on English spelling
  • Constitution 2014
  • Officers and Committee members
  • Position Statement
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One in five English speaking adults worldwide is functionally illiterate and not able to read signs or fill out a job application

One in five English speaking adults worldwide is functionally illiterate and not able to read signs or fill out a job application

One in five English speaking adults worldwide is functionally illiterate and not able to read signs or fill out a job application

One in five English speaking adults worldwide is functionally illiterate and not able to read signs or fill out a job application

One in five English speaking adults worldwide is functionally illiterate and not able to read signs or fill out a job application

One in five English speaking adults worldwide is functionally illiterate and not able to read signs or fill out a job application

One in five English speaking adults worldwide is functionally illiterate and not able to read signs or fill out a job application

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THE ENGLISH SPELLING SYSTEM
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Charles Darwin
  •  Lord Tennyson
  • Mark Twain
  •  Theodore Roosevelt
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Charles Darwin
  • Lord Tennyson
  • Mark Twain
  • Theodore Roosevelt