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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    Matt Lucas delights children with a virtual visit to 33 schools

    Award-winning comedian, actor and writer, Matt Lucas, delighted children from 33 schools across our 14 local areas with a fun-filled virtual visit as part of our Connecting Stories initiative.

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    We launch creative writing and wellbeing platform Well Ahead

    We’re so excited to be working with Bupa Foundation to launch Well Ahead, our new platform encouraging young people to use creative writing as a way to process events from the wider world and express their emotions. while studying at home.

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    It’s official, kids are heading back to school. Join our primary conference, Everyone back to school: literacy by stealth to explore ways to reengage them in the classroom

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