Blog

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

  • School libraries in the UK: the current situation Blog

    School libraries in the UK: the current situation

    Did you know that there are no official figures on the number of school libraries in the UK?We’ve just released a new , looking at the current provision in the UK and the impact they’re having. Our Research Manager, Anne Teravainen,...

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  • What is freestyle football? A professional explains… Blog

    What is freestyle football? A professional explains...

    Jamie Knight, top UK freestyle footballer, explains the sport and how reading has helped his career.Jamie Knight is ranked the 2nd best freestyle footballer in the UK and 16th in the world. His video demonstrations of amazing football...

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  • Think you wouldn’t make a good volunteer? Think again Blog

    Think you wouldn’t make a good volunteer? Think again

    Our Words for Work programme manager explains why you’re probably more suited to volunteering than you think.One of the common questions that I hear from prospective volunteers interested in helping on our Words for Work programme is...

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  • Inspire your child to fall in love with reading this summer Blog

    Inspire your child to fall in love with reading this summer

    We have some top tips for parents to help get your child excited about reading over the holidays.If your child could do anything this summer, what would it be? Walk with dinosaurs, embark on a treasure hunt with pirates, propel...

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  • Phoenix Group staff become ‘reading partners’ to local school Blog

    Phoenix Group staff become ‘reading partners’ to local school

    Phoenix Group 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 workforce, in...

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  • Print matters more Blog

    Print matters more

    Egmont UK carried out a research study into families and their book-buying habits.Egmont UK is a specialist children’s publisher and passionate advocate of children reading for pleasure. Egmont has been a signatory of the Vision for...

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  • Tougher GCSE literacy standards mean a challenge for teachers, but a brighter future for students Blog

    Tougher GCSE literacy standards mean a challenge for teachers, but a brighter future for students

    The new specifications offer a chance for schools to shift the focus back onto literacy across the curriculum.Following numerous reforms to educational policy over recent years, few teachers working in secondary education today are...

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  • Sainsbury’s celebrate the 20th anniversary of World Book Day Blog

    Sainsbury’s celebrate the 20th anniversary of World Book Day

    The company hosted reading corners in its stores across the country.Make Believe is one of Sainsbury’s biggest annual campaigns which aims to get children excited about reading and runs alongside World Book Day — the national...

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  • Facebook helps young people develop their employability skills Blog

    Facebook helps young people develop their employability skills

    Facebook staff members volunteered on our Words for Work programme.Facebook is one of the 16 new businesses who signed the Vision for Literacy Business Pledge in 2017. Joining 35 existing signatories such as McDonald’s UK, Boots...

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  • It takes two — you and me Blog

    It takes two — you and me

    Jean Gross CBE explains why parents interacting with their children is so important.We all know the song ‘It takes two, baby….’; it’s one of those earworms that stick in your brain. I’ve used it as the theme of this article because it...

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  • Smudges, lines and scribbles: the early markings of a good writer Blog

    Smudges, lines and scribbles: the early markings of a good writer

    Writing is a skill that children have to learn and it develops gradually.Babies love to play with their food and in mud and sand. They swirl their fingers and palms around in it and create all manner of smudges and patterns. Besides...

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  • The P&M Group make a difference locally Blog

    The P&M Group make a difference locally

    The company supports a local primary school to deliver our Young Readers Programme. is a family business based in Gloucester. For the past three years they have supported a local primary school to deliver the . Reading is a passion that...

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  • Making technology work for early years language and literacy Blog

    Making technology work for early years language and literacy

    Today’s children are growing up in a digital world.Here at the National Literacy Trust, we’ve long been interested in the differing ways that we can engage parents to get more involved in supporting their child learn to talk, acquire...

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  • Prinovis engages employees in boosting literacy levels Blog

    Prinovis engages employees in boosting literacy levels

    The company has opened an educational centre for employeesPrinovis UK was one of the 44 signatories of the Vision for Literacy Business Pledge in 2016. Leading businesses have committed to helping raise literacy levels in the UK by...

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  • Celebrating poetry in and out of the classroom on National Poetry Day Blog

    Celebrating poetry in and out of the classroom on National Poetry Day

    The number of young people reading and writing poems outside class has increased every year since 2010.Despite the culture of fear surrounding poetry for many adults, our research shows that the number of young people reading and...

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    McDonald’s gives books to millions of families

    McDonald’s UK was one of the 44 inaugural signatories of the Vision for Literacy Business Pledge in 2016. 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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  • CPD, the DfE and you Blog

    CPD, the DfE and you

    What makes good literacy professional development?In July 2016, the DfE released their five-point . Some of this will be familiar practice, reinforcing what many already believed and confirming what others suspected. The headline is...

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  • Testing times for young readers Blog

    Testing times for young readers

    2016’s SATs results left many feeling demoralised and disappointedPrimary schools have worked extremely hard this year to implement the new Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 SATs tests, despite a raft of challenges and difficulties that were...

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  • Vision for Literacy Business Pledge: Spotlight on Carillion Blog

    Vision for Literacy Business Pledge: Spotlight on Carillion

    Carillon has partnered with LEGO and Balletomane to help fulfil the pledge.Carillion was one of the 44 inaugural signatories of the Vision for Literacy Business Pledge in 2016. Leading businesses have committed to helping raise literacy...

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  • Getting to grips with the EAL proficiency stages Blog

    Getting to grips with the EAL proficiency stages

    There are currently over a million learners of EAL in UK schools.Last year, for the first time in England, and continuing in Wales, all schools were required to send in details of pupils’ EAL proficiency stage as part of the annual...

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  • WHSmith give books to young readers Blog

    WHSmith give books to young readers

    The company funds our Young Readers Programme and supports World Book Day.WHSmith was one of the 44 inaugural signatories of the . Leading businesses have committed to helping raise literacy levels in the UK by taking clear action in...

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