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

  • The Duchess of Cornwall's Reading Room (c) Hugo Burnand .jpg

    We are excited to support HRH The Duchess of Cornwall’s Reading Room as Season One launches

    Our patron, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, has launched an Instagram-based book club called The Reading Room

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    We launch Holocaust Memorial Day digital resources and story from Tom Palmer

    We've teamed up with author Tom Palmer to produce free resources teachers can use with pupils learning at home or in the classroom to help commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day

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    We team up with Love Islanders to launch Words that Count, a financial literacy campaign for young people

    We’re very excited to announce our new campaign, Words that Count, which aims to boost the financial literacy and understanding of 800,000 young people living in and around Greater Manchester.

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