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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    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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COVID-19 Research and Policy Observatory

Research, insights and policy developments relating to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children's learning, literacy and wellbeing.

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Communities

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.

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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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Covid impact appeal

Help us ensure 230,000 children do not fall further behind. This is an urgent appeal to support Literacy Recovery of children and young people in our most disadvantaged communities.

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Latest news

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    Thousands of children #Take10ToRead with Ant & Dec!

    Ant and Dec “Take 10” to read with school children across the UK this Mental Health Awareness Week

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    We launch new programme to support girls in alternative provision education

    Represent is our inspiring new programme designed for girls aged 11 to 14 in alternative provision, or at risk of being excluded from mainstream education.

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    Get Suffolk Reading launches in Lowestoft

    Last Wednesday 20 April, Get Suffolk Reading officially launched its activity in Lowestoft, with a storytelling trail around the town centre.

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