Blog

 Read our latest blog posts covering a wide range of literacy issues, written by members of the National Literacy Trust staff.  

  • A tour of the city with Cleary Gottlieb Blog

    A tour of the city with Cleary Gottlieb

    Polina Lyadnova, Natalie Farmer and Byron Spring from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton explain how the company is introducing sixth-form students to deal-making…On Tuesday 3 July, Cleary Gottlieb teamed with volunteers from TPG,...

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  • The impact of school author visits Blog

    The impact of school author visits

    Man Booker Prize-nominated author Wyl Menmuir explains the powerful impact author visits to schools can have on children.I remember vividly meeting my first author. It was at my local library. I was eight and the writer was Robert...

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  • Tackling the topic of fake news in ICT lessons Blog

    Tackling the topic of fake news in ICT lessons

    Geetha Sundar, Head of Computer Science/ICT at St Michael’s Catholic School in High Wycombe , explains how she’s tackling fake news in her classroom…Social, moral, spiritual and cultural (SMSC) issues are covered in ICT and computer...

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  • Tackling the topic of fake news in English lessons Blog

    Tackling the topic of fake news in English lessons

    Hannah Jenkins, English teacher at Maesteg School in Wales, explains how she’s tackling fake news in her classroom…“Miss, did you know World War 3 is going to start this week?”“Sylvester Stallone died this morning.”“School is closed...

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  • It’s critical to be critical in the digital age Blog

    It’s critical to be critical in the digital age

    Children and young people today are growing up in a globalised world. The rise of digital and social media is transforming their experience of news and demanding them to process information from a wider variety of sources than...

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  • School libraries: empathy in action Blog

    School libraries: empathy in action

    School libraries have the power to positively impact the development of empathy in children, says our Programme Manager Victoria Dilly.School libraries have the power to positively impact the development of empathy in children and young...

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  • Using the power of football to transform children’s futures Blog

    Using the power of football to transform children’s futures

    Our Sport and Literacy Programme Manager Jim Sells explains how football can motivate children to improve their literacy.Football has always been a big part of my life so I count myself lucky that I’ve been able to combine my love of...

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  • Help your students master the new GCSE literacy demands Blog

    Help your students master the new GCSE literacy demands

    Whether you teach PE, science, history or geography, you will need to get to grips with the literacy requirements of the new GCSE specifications.Whether you teach PE, science, history or geography, you will need to get to grips with the...

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  • Why do children need to understand copyright? Blog

    Why do children need to understand copyright?

    Copyright and plagiarism can be difficult concepts for children to get to grips with, but it’s vital that they understand them. Alice Donovan of the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) explains why…In this digital age where...

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  • In conversation with Dermot O’Leary Blog

    In conversation with Dermot O’Leary

    Dermot O’Leary, broadcaster and author of Toto the Ninja Cat and the Great Snake Escape, talks to our Director Jonathan about his books, how he writes, his reading habits as a child and more.Jonathan Douglas: Did you get many books at...

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  • What makes a good reader? Blog

    What makes a good reader?

    How much could a targeted reading intervention improve attainment? Dr. Janet Vousden from Coventry University explains…Decades of research have revealed the core skills required to become a good reader: decoding the print on the page,...

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  • Supporting literacy in the publishing industry Blog

    Supporting literacy in the publishing industry

    Business publisher LID Publishing explains how the company will be fulfilling the Business Pledge in 2018Business publisher is one of the new signatories for the 2018 Vision for Literacy Business Pledge. Leading businesses have...

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  • Celebrating the transformative power of school libraries Blog

    Celebrating the transformative power of school libraries

    How important are school libraries to children and young people? Victoria Dilly, manager of our Love our Libraries programme, believes they are crucial for children’s social, emotional and academic development.Having been a school...

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  • Closing the word gap Blog

    Closing the word gap

    What contributes to the variation in children’s language development in the early years?By Padraic Monaghan, Professor of Cognition in the Department of Psychology at Lancaster University, co-director of the ESRC International Centre...

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  • Sharing literacy resources and ideas throughout a city Blog

    Sharing literacy resources and ideas throughout a city

    Our friends at Dundee Council explain how they use National Literacy Trust membership for every state school in their local authority.Up here in sunny Dundee (that is a fact by the way — we are the sunniest city in Scotland!), all of...

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  • How eye contact helps babies learn language Blog

    How eye contact helps babies learn language

    Professor Victoria Leong explains how interactions with parents help babies form these important connections in the brain.If an adult wants to learn a new language, they will need to rely on the attention, concentration and...

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  • Encouraging collaboration between school departments Blog

    Encouraging collaboration between school departments

    National Literacy Trust member Clare Upton explains how she uses her membership.National Literacy Trust member Clare Upton explains how she uses her National Literacy Trust membership to encourage collaboration between school...

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  • Life expectancy shortened by 26 years for children growing up in areas with the most serious… Blog

    Life expectancy shortened by 26 years for children growing up in areas with the most serious…

    At the National Literacy Trust, we have always known that improving children’s literacy improves their life chances. Those who lack vital literacy skills will be held back at every stage of their life — doing worse at school as a...

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  • How personalised stories can make a difference Blog

    How personalised stories can make a difference

    Personalised book creator Librio explains how the company will be fulfilling the Business Pledge in 2018Publishing company creates highly-illustrated personalised children’s books, and is one of the new signatories for the 2018 Vision...

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  • Taking a strategic approach to tackling low literacy levels Blog

    Taking a strategic approach to tackling low literacy levels

    “As a school it is our responsibility to educate the whole student.”National Literacy Trust member Isabel Eames explains how she uses her National Literacy Trust membership to improve whole-school literacy, and how National Literacy...

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  • A new year of literacy Blog

    A new year of literacy

    One teacher tells us how she’s using her National Literacy Trust membership to drive a whole-school approach to literacy.National Literacy Trust member Sadie Phillips explains how Canary Wharf College are hitting the ground running with...

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