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

  • Stoke Reads BookBenches launch event children

    BookBench sculptures pop up across Stoke to celebrate a love of reading

    20 benches shaped like open books will be on display at public venues across Stoke-on-Trent from 12 April until 30 June, as part of our Stoke Reads campaign.

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    We team up with Penguin to launch secondary teaching resource based on Michelle Obama’s bestselling memoir

    We’ve teamed up with Penguin to launch a free teaching resource inspired by Michelle Obama’s bestselling memoir, Becoming, aimed at boosting secondary students’ literacy skills.

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  • Chat, play, read

    'Chat, play, read' campaign announced to encourage learning at home

    We've partnered with the Department for Education, which has just announced a new campaign to help parents incorporate ways to ‘chat, play and read’ with their children into their daily routines.

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