National Literacy Trust

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

Learning at home

Family Zone

Ideas and guidance for fun, simple activities that will engage your children at home, while also benefiting their reading, writing and language development.

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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

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    Our new research reveals benefits of video games for young people’s literacy, creativity and wellbeing

    Our new research finds that playing video games can support young people’s literacy, creativity and empathy and has also helped many young people’s mental wellbeing during lockdown.

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    Penguin celebrates 85th anniversary with specially-commissioned prints by leading artists to raise money for the National Literacy Trust

    From today, our friends at Penguin will be raising vital funds to support our work as part of their 85th anniversary celebrations

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    McDonald’s launches new Book or Toy initiative to get more books into families’ homes

    From today, parents will be able to choose a book or a toy every time they purchase a Happy Meal for their child, in an effort to get more books into families’ homes across the country

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