Free literacy resources

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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.
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    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.
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  • Early years

    Back to nursery and reception: wellbeing resources

    Easy-to-deliver resources designed to help children settle into the nursery and classroom environment.
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Primary

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

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    My Dear New Friend

    Writing letters for your local care home can help to combat loneliness among older adults while increasing pupils' motivation to write.
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    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.
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    Simon Mole: digital poet in residence

    Use these videos and lessons plans to bring a professional poet into your classroom for a whole week.
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Cross-phase and transition

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

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    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.
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    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.
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    Podcasts and literacy resources

    Our top tips for making the most of podcasts to support pupils' literacy in the classroom and at home.
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Secondary

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

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    Skills Academy resource pack

    This resource gives you the opportunity to try the challenges from the first Skills Academy beatbox & breakdance lesson.
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    Careers skills for CVs and interviews

    Skill-boosting resources and boredom-busting challenges designed for young people aged 13+.
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    Game Changers: True Stories series

    From school exclusion to a successful career: Jude Yawson hosts a stellar line-up for this interview series to inspire excluded young people through literacy.
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