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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On average, children from the poorest backgrounds start school 19 months behind other children. They shouldn’t have their potential cut short before their lives have even really begun.

Could you help us close the gap?

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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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

  • Girl listening to audiobook

    We release research review on the benefits of audiobooks on literacy

    Our brand new review on the impact of audiobooks on children’s wellbeing and literacy is accompanied by some brand new resources for teachers and parents.

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    We launch a brand new campaign to Get Blackpool Reading

    Supported by Blackpool Opportunity Area and Blackpool Council, we are launching an innovative drive to inspire a new generation of readers in Blackpool.

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  • Gary Lineker Michael Owen Telegraph Sports Book Awards

    Students meet Gary Lineker and Michael Owen to celebrate our partnership with Telegraph Sports Book Awards

    Today we celebrated the launch of our charity partnership with the Telegraph Sports Book Awards at a very special event!

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