Policy and campaigning

Our policy and campaigning work raises awareness of the importance of literacy to make it a priority for politicians, businesses and parents.

Low literacy undermines our economic competitiveness and sustainability and creates obstacles to a fairer society. 

Every year thousands of children leave school without the literacy skills they need to get to a job, limiting their life chances and engagement in society. 

Find out more about how we work with politicians, businesses, other third sector organisations and parents to raise awareness of the importance of literacy.

Policy

We run the secretariat of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Literacy, hold meetings and run commissions that address major policy issues and profile literacy among key policymakers. We also convene the National Literacy Forum, a group of voluntary and community sector organisations who meet twice a year to discuss key literacy policy themes and joint projects.

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    Commission on Fake News and the Teaching of Critical Literacy Skills in Schools

    The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Literacy launched the Commission on Fake News and the Teaching of Critical Literacy Skills in Schools on 13 September 2017. 

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    All-Party Parliamentary Group on Literacy

    Ensuring parliamentary knowledge and support for the latest literacy research, policy and best practice.

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    National Literacy Forum

    Cross sector group that discusses policy themes that influence literacy and publish policy papers.

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Campaigning

We are involved in a wide range of campaigning activity with national and local profile. 

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    Read On. Get On.

    A coalition of charities and educational organisations committed to improving reading levels in England.

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  • Sainsbury's World Book Day

    Vision for Literacy Business Pledge

    The business community joining the national literacy campaign to help close the literacy gap and boost social mobility.

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  • Literacy for Life

    Fair Education Alliance

    The National Literacy Trust is among 27 of the UK’s leading organisations committed to tackling educational equality.

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    Communities and local areas

    We target our work in the communities that need help most, working with local partners to deliver place-based solutions.

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    Parents and families

    Our parent-facing site Words for Life provides milestones, tips, fun resources and advice to help parents support their children’s literacy development. 

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