Blog

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

  • 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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  • New child poverty figures highlight need for targeted local approaches Blog

    New child poverty figures highlight need for targeted local approaches

    Across our five Hubs, 100,000 children live below the poverty line.has found that more than half of all children in the UK’s poorest areas are now growing up in poverty. Our National Literacy Trust Hubs Project Manager Alasdair Flint...

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  • UK businesses pledge to tackle nation’s literacy crisis in 2018 Blog

    UK businesses pledge to tackle nation’s literacy crisis in 2018

    63 leading businesses have joined the fight to tackle the UK’s literacy crisis — a crisis which, over the past decade, has seen more than start primary school without the reading, writing and communications skills they need to succeed...

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  • Redefining children’s reading: How well are the nation’s children really reading? Blog

    Redefining children’s reading: How well are the nation’s children really reading?

    Every year, as parents and educators, we look to Key Stage 2 national curriculum assessment results as a benchmark of how well children are reading as they move from primary to secondary school.However, recent changes in national...

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  • Literacy changes lives: Addressing England’s social mobility challenge Blog

    Addressing England’s social mobility challenge

    The earlier children develop good reading and writing skills, the better their chances are of doing well at school, getting a skilled job and living a successful life. But with , far too many children are having their futures cut short...

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  • Get chatting with your child this Christmas Blog

    Get chatting with your child this Christmas

    We’ve rounded up some ideas to support your child’s language this festive seasonChristmas is right around the corner. Between all the shopping, cooking, parties and chocolate-eating, our children’s learning can get put on hold. We know...

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  • Helping children fall in love with reading with British Land Blog

    Helping children fall in love with reading with British Land

    Property company British Land is one of the signatories for the 2017 Vision for Literacy Business Pledge. Leading businesses have committed to helping raise literacy levels in the UK by taking clear action in three areas: within their...

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  • Change a child’s life story this Christmas Blog

    Change a child’s life story this Christmas

    On Christmas Day, many children will be lucky enough to discover a whole new world of adventures, meet new people and learn about the past as they unwrap the gift of a new books, waiting for them under the Christmas tree. But for...

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  • Empowerment through self-publishing Blog

    Empowerment through self-publishing

    Transforming pupils’ approach to writing and readingYoung storytellers is a new programme from Amazon and the National Literacy Trust which explores self-publishing in education. Last year, I ran the programme in the school where I work...

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  • The business of literacy Blog

    The business of literacy

    Young people in the UK are our workforce of the future but they have some of the poorest literacy skills in the world.We know that the earlier children develop good reading and writing skills, the better their chances are of doing well...

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  • Local communities informing local campaigns Blog

    Local communities informing local campaigns

    Our National Literacy Trust Hubs prove the power of local community initiatives. Since the launch of our first Hub in Middlesbrough in 2013, and subsequent Hubs in Bradford, Peterborough and Stoke-on-Trent, our work has had a...

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  • Diary of a Football Detective: week eight Blog

    Diary of a Football Detective: week eight

    Danny’s story takes a turn…November 4thIt should have been amazing. It should have been one of the best days of my life. And my dad’s life. But it wasn’t. It was one of the worst.Barcelona. The Camp Nou Stadium. Catalonia, Spain.We made...

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  • Why it’s so important to talk to your baby Blog

    Why it’s so important to talk to your baby

    We review the recent research on early language and the home learning environmentA focus on early language and the importance of the home learning environment has had a resurgence of support in 2017. In England, the Department for...

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  • Diary of a Football Detective: week seven Blog

    Diary of a Football Detective: week seven

    This week, helicopters and Barcelona…Monday 23rd OctoberI’ve not written for a week. I’m sorry. After it looked like I was being shot at from a helicopter in the park, I thought I needed a rest. It felt like I was losing my nerve.Do you...

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