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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    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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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

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    Our new research reveals the positive power of podcasts on children’s reading, as lockdown sees rise in listenership

    Our new research shows that podcasts can be used to support children’s learning, giving them greater access to a whole world of topics inside and outside of the classroom.

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    We welcome award-winning writer and author Louise Doughty to our Board of Trustees

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    Top illustrators join Liz Pichon to support our work with an auction of wild shoe designs to mark the publication of SHOE WARS

    Author and illustrator Liz Pichon is leading an auction to raise money for our charity

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