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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COVID-19 Research and Policy Observatory

Research, insights and policy developments relating to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children's learning, literacy and wellbeing.

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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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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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Covid impact appeal

Help us ensure 230,000 children do not fall further behind. This is an urgent appeal to support Literacy Recovery of children and young people in our most disadvantaged communities.

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Latest news

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    We launch our Christmas card design competition for children across the UK with award-winning author and illustrator Nadia Shireen

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    We team up with the Telegraph to announce winners of major book awards

    For the second year in a row, we’re proud to be the official charity partner of the Telegraph Sports Book Awards, which celebrates the best in sports writing.

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    We launch new research with Pro Bono Economics that shows poor literacy skills cost workers up to £1,500 a year in lost earnings

    Today, we launch new research in partnership with Pro Bono Economics that shows the average 18-year-old with “very poor” literacy skills will earn around £33,000 less during their working life than a person with a basic level of literacy.

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