The National Literacy Trust is an independent charity that empowers children, young people, and adults with the literacy skills they need to succeed.
Literacy changes everything. It gives you the tools to get the most out of life, and the power to shape your future. It opens the door to the life you want. But low literacy is inextricably linked to poverty. Over the last 30 years, we have continued to work with people who need us the most, supporting schools, families and communities on a local and national level.
We work collaboratively in local communities to empower children
We focus our work in 20 areas of the UK that are facing the biggest challenges with literacy and where we can make the most difference. Discover more about the National Literacy Trust hubs.
Support schools and settings
We develop the most effective tools and techniques for teachers and educators to support literacy, providing both resources and programmes designed to engage and inspire children, especially those who have had a tough start in life. Find out how to become a member.
Campaign to make literacy a priority
We know our campaigning is a critical tool for changing life chances. We’re the rallying cry to politicians and decision-makers to bring sustainable change, equip job-seekers, empower parents and support teachers. Learn more about our policy work.
Our work has no limits
We support vulnerable adults, people in the criminal justice system and young offenders’ institutions to build their literacy skills so that they can express themselves through creative writing and prepare for the practicalities of daily life upon release.
Our research has life-changing impact
We base everything we do on sound evidence and aim to provide cutting-edge research on all aspects of literacy. This research underpins everything we do and helps us to be impactful in communities at both a local and national level.
Discover our impact
During 2022 and 2023:
- We reached and empowered 1,337,673 children and young people.
- 600 Literacy Champions supported us to change life stories in their communities.
- We worked with 8,013 schools, supporting teachers to make an impact in their classrooms.
- We put 528,303 books into the hands of children who would discover a fresh love of reading.
- 9,834 parents with children under 5 were encouraged, equipped and empowered with the tools to support their children.
Download flexible, creative and evidence-based resources for early years, KS1, KS2, KS3 and beyond.
We bring reading, writing, speaking and listening to life with a range of funded and evaluated programmes.
Training and workshop opportunities
Access inspiring training and CPD workshops based on cutting-edge research and years of experience.
We are hugely grateful for the generous support of Her Majesty The Queen, who became Patron of the National Literacy Trust as HRH The Duchess of Cornwall in November 2010.Learn more
The National Literacy Trust is governed by our board of trustees, who come from a range of sector backgrounds.Learn more
We are proud to recognise the National Literacy Trust ambassadors who go above and beyond in their support for our work.Learn more
Helen’s baby, James, was born at 28 weeks old, weighing just 2lbs. We provided Helen with books and advice on reading to her premature baby while he was in hospital.Learn more about Books help Helen bond with her premature baby.
Nine-year-old Tom took part in our Young Readers Programme at King’s Oak Primary School in New Malden, where he learnt ways to choose books he will enjoy.Learn more about Young Readers Programme inspires Tom to read at home.
Haydn, aged 15, was selected to take part in our Words for Work programme when he was in his final year at Bishop David Brown School in Woking.Learn more about Words for Work helps Haydn prepare for his future.