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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    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

  • 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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  • Swindon bus launch

    We launch Swindon Stories with literacy bus tour

    We were delighted to launch our National Literacy Trust Hub in Swindon yesterday, which will be known locally as Swindon Stories. 

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    We launch call for evidence on fake news and critical literacy

    We held an expert witness session of our Commission on Fake News and the Teaching of Critical Literacy in Schools and launched a call for evidence to gather further input from organisations and individuals on this important issue.

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