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

  • Where's Wally 2019 2

    The sun shines on our seventh Where's Wally? fun run

    Almost 750 runners took to Clapham Common on Sunday 17 March for our annual Where’s Wally? fun run.

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    Pupils across Hastings to attend exclusive launch of the latest book by super-authors and stars of the BBC, Greg James and Chris Smith

    We've teamed up with Bloomsbury Children’s Books to celebrate the release of the latest book in the popular Kid Normal series by Greg James and Chris Smith. Pupils across Hastings will come together at a special event with the book’s authors Greg and Chris as part of the Get Hastings Reading campaign.

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  • World Book Day 2019

    Celebrating World Book Day

    Reading for pleasure is declining - but we're on a mission to improve it this World Book Day and beyond!

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