National Literacy Trust

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

Give the gift of reading this Christmas

  • 383,775 children in the UK don’t have a single book of their own.

    Children who own books are six times more likely to read above the level expected for their age.

    But hundreds of thousands of children are missing out.

    Donating just £7 could give a child the very first book they have ever owned.

    Text GIFTOFREADING 7 to 70490 or donate online.

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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    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

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    Why one primary school in Peterborough are supporting the BookBench trail

    "We hope that this bench will be a reminder of the power and importance of reading and help to encourage children and adults across Peterborough to reach out for a book, share and enjoy it together."

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    PISA 2018 England report release

    The latest PISA results have now been released. Published by the OECD, they look at the reading skills of around 600,000 15-year-olds from 79 countries across the world.

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    Tom Palmer wins Ruth Rendell Award 2019 for outstanding contribution to literacy

    Reluctant reader turned children’s author, Tom Palmer, has won the Ruth Rendell Award 2019 for his efforts to champion literacy throughout the UK over the past year.

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