Free literacy resources

Girls with pile of books.JPG

Here is a selection of some brilliant literacy resources for teachers and practitioners that you can access for free. You can also browse our full selection of resources.

To support families we also have a comprehensive web portal, grouped by age, with links to lots of free home-learning activities. Explore Words for Life.

Early years

Our early years resources will help schools, settings and parents support children’s development from birth to age 5.

  • Early Words Together for MLL families

    Support for multilingual families at home

    This easy-to-read guide comes in 13 languages and is full of suggestions for how parents can support their young child's learning at home.
    Learn more
  • Early years

    Back to nursery and reception: wellbeing resources

    Easy-to-deliver resources designed to help children settle into the nursery and classroom environment.
  • Parent Child Interaction 12.tiff

    Outdoor Activities to Support Communication and Wellbeing

    Resources to support the delivery of early years sessions in an outside space. These activities are aimed at children aged two to five but can be adapted for other ages.


We have a wealth of free resources available to support literacy teaching in primary school.

  • RBL1.png


    Resources to explore Remembrance with Key Stage 2 based on Bali Rai's book Now or Never.
  • Graeme Quinnell spoke to pupils in a special assembly.jpg

    Wellbeing and literacy: Hope

    Explore Family Zone to access to free stories, activities, apps and websites that will support children's literacy and keep them engaged in learning at home.
  • Simon Mole poet in classroom

    Simon Mole: digital poet in residence

    Use these videos and lessons plans to bring a professional poet into your classroom for a whole week.
    Learn more

Cross-phase and transition

Useful teaching resources for cross-phase and transition with a literacy focus.

  • pexels-cottonbro-3945654.jpg

    Book list for video games fans

    A book list to support our latest research on the relationship between playing video games and children's literacy.
  • Book of Hopes landscape.jpg

    The Book of Hopes teaching sequences for Year 6 and 7

    Our free teaching sequences based on The Book of Hopes will help teachers support students in the transition to secondary school.
    Learn more
  • NPD_WEBSITEBANNER-scaled-1370x457.jpg

    National Poetry Day resources

    National Poetry Day is coming up on Thursday 1 October 2020! We have resources for schools and families to help celebrate the day and explore 2020's theme of vision.
    Learn more


Inspire and motivate pupils with our resources to support and improve literacy provision at secondary school.

  • secondary school books teacher and pupil reading

    Disciplinary literacy

    Exploring concepts of disciplinary literacy and how to support subject-specific literacy skills.
  • Beatbox Mide and microphones

    Skills Academy resource pack

    This resource gives you the opportunity to try the challenges from the first Skills Academy beatbox & breakdance lesson.
  • Grange Technology College 2

    Careers skills for CVs and interviews

    Skill-boosting resources and boredom-busting challenges designed for young people aged 13+.