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, 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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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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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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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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    We reveal our Harry Potter Miles of Magic Reading Challenge winner!

    Our Miles of Magic Reading Challenge, celebrating 25 years of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, has been a huge success with students across the UK reading more than 2.5 million magical minutes in total!

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    Our Hungry Little Minds Facebook Lives are back!

    Following on from the digital success of our Hungry Little Minds Facebook Lives, we are delighted to announce that they are back.

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    Bradford Stories host exclusive poetry event on the Bradford Stories Bus to celebrate 25 years of Harry Potter

    We hosted a spectacular storytelling and poetry session on the Bradford Stories Bus, in partnership with Bloomsbury, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

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