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, training, 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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    Primary

    Deliver outstanding literacy provision at primary school stage.
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    Secondary

    Help students develop the literacy skills they need to succeed at school and in their future lives.
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COVID-19 Research and Policy Observatory

Research, insights and policy developments relating to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children's learning, literacy and wellbeing.

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Communities

We support

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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We support

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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Fundraising

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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Research

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

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Covid impact appeal

Help us ensure 230,000 children do not fall further behind. This is an urgent appeal to support Literacy Recovery of children and young people in our most disadvantaged communities.

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Latest news

  • Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall

    National Literacy Trust Patron, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, visits school in South Wales as part of nationwide primary school libraries campaign

    School children and teachers at Millbrook Primary in Newport, South Wales, welcomed HRH The Duchess of Cornwall today to officially open their new school library as part of The Duchess’ 75th birthday celebrations and a nationwide Primary School Library Alliance.

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  • Colfe's School team

    Greenwich school triumphs in our second annual National Reading Champions Quiz!

    Colfe’s School in Greenwich, south east London, has won our National Reading Champions Quiz. The team, comprising of Amabel, Natalie, Leila and Jackson, beat 21 other teams from across the UK to victory in the only national reading quiz which is entirely dedicated to knowledge of fiction books.

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    We reveal our Harry Potter Miles of Magic Reading Challenge winner!

    Our Miles of Magic Reading Challenge, celebrating 25 years of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, has been a huge success with students across the UK reading more than 2.5 million magical minutes in total!

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