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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    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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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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Latest news

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    In conversation with Greg James and Chris Smith

    As we continue to celebrate 25 years of the National Literacy Trust, we’re treating our audience to the next exciting installment of our podcast.

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    Gaby Roslin presents our BBC Radio 4 appeal

    We are thrilled to announce that our BBC Radio 4 charity appeal is now live, presented by TV and radio favourite Gaby Roslin.

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    We join government-led coalition to address early years language gap

    We are a founding member of the Department for Education’s new coalition which aims to halve the number of five-year-olds who start school without good early language and communication skills by 2028.

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