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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Resources for teachers

To support teaching, both in the classroom and online, we have a range of free resources for early years, primary and secondary school classes.

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Resources for families

Our Words for Life website provides parents, children and young people with activities and support to improve their language, literacy and communication skills from home.

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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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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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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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    Where's Wally? Peterborough Weekender Q&As

    If you have questions about the Where's Wally? Weekender in Peterborough, you might find the answers right here

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    Primary School Library Review launched

    Today we launched a project to look the provision and impact of primary school libraries, pre, during and post COVID-19, which will seek to imagine what the future of primary school libraries could look like.

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    Oscar’s Book Prize 2021 shortlist revealed!

    We are delighted to support Oscar’s Book Prize 2021, the annual celebration of the best in books for under-fives and the shortlist for this year’s prize has been revealed, following the highest number of entries recorded to date!

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