About us

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

We are dedicated to raising literacy levels across the UK.

We work to improve the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in the UK's most disadvantaged communities, where one in three people have low levels of literacy.

Our research shows that during the initial school closures in 2020, 3 in 5 children and young people said that reading made them feel better. 3 in 10 said that reading helped them when they feel sad because they cannot see their family and friends.

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

Last year:

  • We supported the literacy of 700,000 children who were out of school and couldn't access digital learning
  • We distributed 575,643 books, magazines and writing resources during lockdown
  • We had over 1m unique visitors to our family-focussed Words for Life site
  • We worked with 6,492 schools, supporting their efforts to re-engage and inspire learners.
Find out more about our work in our impact report.
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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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