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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Lost Words, Lost Futures fundraising appeal

Help children affected by COVID-19 to catch up after months of lost learning.

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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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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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    We launch Connecting Stories thanks to Arts Council England funding

    We are launching a new initiative called Connecting Stories across our 14 Hub areas thanks to funding from Arts Council England

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    We consider the impact of COVID-19 on families and the home learning environment

    Today, we published a comprehensive review of literature looking at the impact of COVID-19 on families’ wellbeing and how this impacts the home learning environment.

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    Education Select Committee appearance

    Our Chief Executive Jonathan Douglas CBE gave evidence to the Education Select Committee as part of their inquiry into the educational underachievement of pupils from disadvantaged white backgrounds

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