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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    Primary

    Deliver outstanding literacy provision at primary school stage.

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    Secondary

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

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Communities

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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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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.


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Fundraising

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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Research

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

  • Skills Academy celebration day

    25% off Skills Academy to celebrate #Literacy25

    We’re offering 25% off our popular reading intervention Skills Academy to celebrate our 25th anniversary.

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  • BookLife

    £3 million book giveaway to all UK primary schools

    One of the country’s leading educational suppliers, BookLife, has set up a new scheme to support school libraries and help primary schools improve their literacy skills.

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  • Life expectancy - Middlesbrough 2

    Life expectancy shortened by 26 years for children growing up in areas with the most serious literacy problems

    Our new research finds that children born into communities with the most serious literacy challenges have some of the lowest life expectancies in England. 

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