About us

We are an independent charity dedicated to giving disadvantaged children the literacy skills they need to succeed.

We work to improve the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in the UK's poorest communities, where one in three people have literacy problems.

Because low literacy is intergenerational, we focus our work on families, young people and children.

We're turning 25

We are celebrating our 25th anniversary in 2018! Throughout the year we're celebrating this exciting milestone with a series of events and activities.

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What we do

We help to transform lives through literacy.

  • We establish literacy projects in the poorest communities

    Our National Literacy Trust Hubs inspire and support children and families to improve their literacy skills

  • We support schools

    We share our analysis, promote best practice and offer programmes and resources for schools and early years settings. Find out how to become a member

  • We campaign to make literacy a priority for politicians and parents

    Our Words for Life website provides advice, age milestones and free activities for parents and families

  • Our research and analysis make us the leading authority on literacy

    Our research underpins our programmes, campaigns and policy work and informs our identity as an organisation

Our impact

Last year we:

  • Directly supported the literacy of 108,198 children through our programmes
  • Supported literacy in 3,685 schools and 143 early years settings
  • We inspired 51 businesses to prioritise literacy and sign the Vision for Literacy Business Pledge 2017
  • Launched four research reports from our annual literacy survey of 39,411 children and young people
  • Achieved through campaigning a media reach of 201m and equivalent advertising value of £4.1m

Our Patron, trustees and ambassadors

  • HRH The Duchess of Cornwall

    Our Patron

    Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall became our Patron in November 2010 and has a long standing interest in literacy and reading.

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    The National Literacy Trust is governed by our board of trustees, who come from a range of sector backgrounds.

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    We have a number of ambassadors who generously donate their time to support and raise awareness for our work.

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Success stories

Find out more about the people our work supports.

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