National Literacy Trust

We are an independent charity working with schools and communities to give disadvantaged children the literacy skills to succeed in life.

Teachers, schools and early years

We offer evidence-based resources, research, programmes and National Literacy Trust membership to make your literacy provision highly effective.

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    Early years

    Resources and tools for early language development and parental engagement.

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    Deliver outstanding literacy provision at primary school stage.

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    Help students develop the literacy skills they need to succeed at school and in their future lives.

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Communities and local areas

We target our work in the communities that need help most, working with local partners to deliver place-based solutions. National Literacy Trust Hubs create long-term change in communities where low levels of literacy are entrenched, intergenerational and seriously impacting on people’s lives.

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Parents and families

Parents and the home learning environment have the greatest effect on how a child develops language and literacy skills. Our site Words for Life gives developmental milestones, tips, fun resources and advice to help parents support their children’s literacy development.

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We rely on the generous support of individuals, communities and businesses to continue our vital work to transform lives through literacy.

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Policy and campaigning

Our policy and campaigning work raises awareness of the importance of literacy to make it a priority for politicians, businesses and parents.

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Our research underpins our programmes, campaigns and policy work to improve literacy attitudes, habits and skills across the UK.

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Latest news

  • There's A Pig Up My Nose

    Oscar's Book Prize reveals 2018 winner

    John Dougherty and Laura Hughes have been announced as winner of Oscar’s Book Prize 2018 for There’s A Pig Up My Nose.

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  • Copyright Knights and Plagiarism Pirates competition

    Ahoy, matey! Swashbuckling creative writing competition launched for pupils

    We have teamed up with the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) to launch our Copyright Knights and Plagiarism Pirates creative writing competition for pupils in Key Stages 1-3.

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    Oscar’s Book Prize: Shortlist of best early years picture books unveiled

     Oscar’s Book Prize has revealed its shortlist for the best picture book for children under five in 2018.

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