National Literacy Trust

We are an independent charity working with schools and communities to give disadvantaged children the literacy skills to succeed in life.
secondary girls and teacher

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.

  • Dad reading with son and daughter

    Early years

    Resources and tools for early language development and parental engagement.
    Learn more
  • Class reading with David Walliams.jpg


    Deliver outstanding literacy provision at primary school stage.
    Learn more
  • Literacy for life 2.jpg


    Help students develop the literacy skills they need to succeed at school and in their future lives.
    Learn more

We support

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.

Learn more
EWT @2

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.

Learn more


We rely on the generous support of individuals, communities and businesses to continue our vital work to transform lives through literacy.

Learn more
Training - teacher in red

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.

Learn more
Girls discussing


Our research underpins our programmes, campaigns and policy work to improve literacy attitudes, habits and skills across the UK.

Learn more

Latest news

  • mission to mars winners.JPG

    We announce the We Wonder: Mission to Mars Reading Challenge winners!

    In this challenge, pupils were tasked with designing a ‘hab’. We had an incredibly high standard of entries, and we’d like to thank everyone who participated.

    Read more
  • Live Zoom event.png

    We team up with Premier League and Priscilla Mante for exciting football takeover on Words for Life

    We're teaming up with Premier League Primary Stars and author Priscilla Mante to bring children aged 7-11 a fun live event andactivities

    Read more
  • Tom Palmer Euro 2020.png

    We invite pupils to follow Tom Palmer’s UEFA EURO 2020-inspired live story as tournament unfolds and participate in new Reading Challenge

    We are working alongside The FA, Rebellion Publishing and award-winning author Tom Palmer to help pupils get into reading through their love of football this summer.

    Read more

Become a member of the National Literacy Trust

Create a free account
Account dashboard