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.

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

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Last year:

  • We directly supported the literacy of 116,290 children through our programmes
  • We supported literacy in 5,529 schools and 184 early years settings
  • 47,786 children and young people took part in our annual literacy survey and we released four research reports with the findings
  • Our campaigning had a media reach of 262m and an equivalent advertising value of £5.2m

Find out more about our work in our impact report.

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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    Trustees

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

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    Ambassadors

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

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Our 25th anniversary

We celebrated our 25th anniversary in 2018! Throughout the year we worked to demonstrate why the need to raise literacy levels in the UK is more pressing than ever with a series of research reports, fundraising efforts and exciting events.

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Success stories

Find out more about the people our work supports.

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