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

  • SPL Young Readers Programme

    We launch new resource page to help Year 6 teachers support literacy and wellbeing when schools reopen

    To support Year 6 teachers who are preparing to welcome their classes back to school next month, we have brought together our exciting reading, writing, wellbeing and skill building activities aimed at 10-11 year olds onto one handy page.

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    We launch new audiobook club for young women with Lancôme

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    KPMG donates Instant Libraries to 50 primary schools

    In response to the COVID-19 crisis, our partner KPMG is donating Instant Libraries to 50 primary schools.

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