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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Lost Words, Lost Futures fundraising appeal

Help children affected by COVID-19 to catch up after months of lost learning.

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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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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

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    We launch Beyond Words writing project to support young people’s mental health

    In partnership with the Bupa Foundation, Cheltenham Festival and Mind, we launch a new creative writing project in the lead up to World Mental Health Day.

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    We launch our Virtual School Library and Words for Life digital platforms, with support from HRH The Duchess of Cornwall and leading authors

    We launch new Virtual School Library for primary schools and Words for Life website for parents which aim to improve literacy of children hit hardest by COVID-19.

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    Stoke Reads partners with International Paper Company to bring summer fun to local families

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