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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    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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    Hastings families go on the hunt for lost words hidden around the town!

    We're encouraging families in Hastings to get outside and practise their communication and literacy skills this summer with a new Lost Words Trail around the town.

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    From the pitch to the page: Top children’s author pens live story about England Lionesses at the Women’s World Cup

    We have partnered with Rebellion and The Football Association to launch a free live story following the journey of England’s Lionesses at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France this summer.

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    Our new research shows that reading both in print and on screens benefits children’s literacy

    Our survey of 56,905 children and young people found that those who are the most engaged with reading are more likely to read both on paper and on screen than their peers.

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