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

  • Dermot O'Leary

    In conversation with Dermot O'Leary

    The first episode of our new podcast, launched to celebrate our 25th anniversary, features Dermot O’Leary, broadcaster and author of Toto the Ninja Cat and the Great Snake Escape. 

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  • RON launch

    We launch new National Literacy Trust Hub in Nottingham

    We are delighted to launch a new National Literacy Trust Hub in Nottingham, in partnership with Nottingham City Council and Small Steps Big Changes. 

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  • Books Unlocked NPR

    Top authors support prisoners' reading with Books Unlocked

    Our Books Unlocked programme is being supported by several high-profile authors who have been making prison visits and taking part in National Prison Radio interviews.

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