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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Where’s Wally? Weekender!

Don the classic red and white stripes and run, walk or jog your own 1k, 5k or 10k route on 20 – 21 March to help support the literacy of disadvantaged children.

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Virtual Gala Night

Join us for an evening of online entertainment, featuring actor and comedian Miles Jupp and guest authors Antony Beevor, Bill Bryson, Victoria Hislop and Konnie Huq.

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Resources for teachers

To support teaching, both in the classroom and online, we have a range of free resources for early years, primary and secondary school classes.

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Resources for families

Our Words for Life website provides parents, children and young people with activities and support to improve their language, literacy and communication skills from home.

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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

We support

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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Latest news

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    New resources to celebrate International Women’s Day

    To mark International Women’s Day, we are celebrating the great work of our Words for Work: Women in Leadership programme which we run in partnership with Lancôme and our Young Writers team are hosting a live poetry session.

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    Children's Laureate Cressida Cowell visits 73 schools for Connecting Stories

    Author and illustrator of the best-selling How to Train Your Dragon books series, Cressida Cowell, virtually visited schools for an exciting Q&A on World Book Day, as part of Connecting Stories.

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    We teamed up with Morrisons Foundation to encourage 125,000 children from local communities to discover a love of reading this World Book Day

    We teamed up with the Morrisons Foundation to give pupils in schools throughout England, Scotland and Wales a bundle of new books for their school library in celebration of World Book Day

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