Early Words Matter
A child's earliest years are crucial to their development and life chances. Our new Early Words Matter campaign will ensure every child is empowered with the words they need to write their own story.
Resources and tools for early language development and parental engagement.Learn more about Early years.
Deliver outstanding literacy provision at primary school stage.Learn more about Primary.
Help students develop the literacy skills they need to succeed at school and in their future lives.Learn more about Secondary.
We empower parents and families
Parents - you’re not alone! Discover a wealth of practical tips to help your child’s literacy journey, fun activities to try together as well as reassuring support and guidance on our Words for Life website. We have plenty of creative ways to nurture your child’s reading, speaking, listening and writing development at home.
We collaborate with communities and local areas
We work collaboratively in 20 areas of the UK that face the biggest challenges with literacy and where we can make the most difference. We work alongside teachers and football coaches, to librarians and youth leaders - to create bespoke solutions that support literacy at home, in school and in the community.
We believe literacy is for everyone. We are committed to changing as many lives as possible through the transforming power of literacy. Be part of our story and donate today, take on our challenge events or find out how your organisation can partner with us.
Policy and campaigning
We are proud to be a dynamic and fast-moving organisation that thinks creatively about how to inspire and engage people with literacy. We are the rallying cry to politicians and decision-makers to bring sustainable change. We work in partnerships of all kinds as we know this has the most impact.
Everything we do is underpinned by sound evidence and ground-breaking research on all aspects of literacy, from exploring the relationship between technology and literacy, to investigating the impact of role models on reading.
We currently run four projects in prisons and Young Offender Institutions – Books Unlocked, New Chapters, Inside Stories with Audible and Readconnect. Find out how these projects not only help to support and improve the literacy skills of participants but also build family connections, raises hope and enable people to share their stories.
News“Stories connect us” – a new campaign to get Birmingham teenagers reading
Page to introduce the new campaign messaging for National Literacy Trust Birmingham.
NewsManchester’s One Million Minutes Challenge – we did it!
Read all about how our Manchester’s One Million Minutes Challenge went!
NewsTake 10 To Read
This year’s Take 10 To Read on Tuesday 10th October was a great opportunity to work with our communities in Manchester, and we made the most of it! From bookgifting at The Christie to author visits with Josh Silver and Dom Berry, it was a fantastic day!