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.

  • Reading_with_son.jpg

    Early years

    Resources and tools for early language development and parental engagement.

    Learn more
  • Class reading with David Walliams.jpg


    Deliver outstanding literacy provision at primary school stage.

    Learn more
  • Literacy for life 2.jpg


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

    Learn more

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.

Learn more
EWT @2

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.

Learn more


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

Learn more
Training - teacher in red

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.

Learn more
Girls discussing


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

Learn more

Latest news

  • Jonathan and Judith Kerr

    We celebrate our 25th anniversary and Words for Work programme at our summer party

    This week we were joined by authors, teachers, partners and supporters of our work for our annual summer party, kindly hosted by Hachette UK. 

    Read more
  • The Next Chapter

    News UK chooses us to partner on philanthropic initiative

    News UK has chosen the National Literacy Trust as one of four charities to benefit from its annual News Corp Giving fund.

    Read more
  • Fake news, girl

    Only 2% of UK children have the critical literacy skills they need to tell if news is real or fake

    Our parliamentary inquiry into fake news and critical literacy has just published its final report.

    Read more

Become a member of the National Literacy Trust

Create a free account
Account dashboard