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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COVID-19 Research and Policy Observatory

Research, insights and policy developments relating to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children's learning, literacy and wellbeing.

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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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    Primary

    Deliver outstanding literacy provision at primary school stage.
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    Secondary

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

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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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Fundraising

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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Research

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

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Covid impact appeal

Help us ensure 230,000 children do not fall further behind. This is an urgent appeal to support Literacy Recovery of children and young people in our most disadvantaged communities.

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Latest news

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    School road trip to encourage reading

    Enterprise Rent-A-Car funding enables National Literacy Trust to gift 23,000 books to 240 schools in nine cities to promote reading recovery after the pandemic

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    Winners of the Ross Welford Storystarter competition announced

    Last week, over 300 children were virtually visited by children's author Ross Welford to celebrate the winners of our Storystarter competition.

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    Matt Haig hosts an exclusive school event for the film adaptation of A Boy Called Christmas

    We hosted a virtual schools event, in partnership with Canongate Books, to celebrate the film release of Matt Haig's bestselling novel A Boy Called Christmas.

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