Blog

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

  • Helping children dive into the ocean of language Blog

    Helping children dive into the ocean of language

    Our Head of Schools Programmes, Fiona Evans, welcomes the news that the Department for Education will be making 32 primary schools ‘English hubs’.Words, letters and sounds are the smallest components of what is a huge and wonderful...

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  • Libraries are champions of freedom Blog

    Libraries are champions of freedom

    To celebrate Libraries Week, Victoria Dilly, who manages our Love our Libraries programme, shares her memories of the library and the memories of some of the wonderful authors she works with.Libraries Week is a really good opportunity...

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  • Robots are red… Blog

    Robots are red…

    To celebrate National Poetry Day, our Young Writers Programme Manager, Fay Lant, shares some of her favourite poems created by the young people she has worked with this year.Passing tests is important but if we were to choose the two...

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  • Early years music — the key to strong literacy foundations? Blog

    Early years music — the key to strong literacy foundations?

    Could music hold the key for laying strong foundations for literacy in early years?This is a sponsored post.· How are neuroscience studies investigating the ‘musician’s advantage’?· How does neuroscientific evidence indicate that music...

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  • Reading and writing your way to better mental wellbeing Blog

    Reading and writing your way to better mental wellbeing

    Our Director, Jonathan Douglas, explains what our new research shows.We’ve long known that a love of reading and writing can help children flourish at school and go on to succeed at work. But we now know that reading and writing for...

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  • Using audio to boost learning Blog

    Using audio to boost learning

    Tilly Brooke, Director of School Engagement & Marketing at now>press>play, explains how audio learning can improve engagement in the classroom.Today’s world is full of images and screen time, and so much of this is wonderful...

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  • Command words — what do they ask? Blog

    Command words — what do they ask?

    Explain, explore, evaluate: we know that as extended writing becomes integral to more and more GCSE subjects the profile of literacy across the curriculum has been raised, but the nuances of a command word, even the concept, can still...

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  • In conversation with Greg James and Chris Smith Blog

    In conversation with Greg James and Chris Smith

    The new host of BBC Radio 1 Breakfast, Greg James, and Newsbeat presenter Chris Smith chat to our director Jonathan Douglas about becoming children’s authors, storytelling and the world of Kid Normal.Jonathan Douglas: Tell us how it...

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  • 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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