National Literacy Trust

We are an independent charity working with schools and communities to give disadvantaged children the literacy skills to succeed in life.
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Donate to give a child their very first book this Christmas.

Our new research shows that the more books a child owns, the more likely they are to do well at school and be happy with their lives. Donating just £5 could buy a child their very first book this Christmas, and help set them on a path to a brighter future.

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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

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    In conversation with Patrice Lawrence

    The latest instalment in our podcast celebrating our 25th anniversary is now live.

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    Owning books boosts children’s literacy and mental wellbeing

    We launch our Christmas fundraising campaign to give disadvantaged children books of their own.

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    Skills Academy returns using freestyle football, beatboxing and breakdancing to boost struggling students’ reading skills

    New funding from Clarks will enable schools to purchase the programme for just £100

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