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 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.


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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    Primary School Library Review Call for evidence

    We are holding a review into the provision of primary school libraries across the UK. Take part here.
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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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    Commission on Fake News and the Teaching of Critical Literacy Skills in Schools

    The report from the Commission on Fake News and the Teaching of Critical Literacy Skills in Schools revealed that just 2% of children and young people in the UK have the...
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We are involved in a wide range of campaigning activity with national and local profile.

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    The Primary School Library Alliance

    A national alliance with publisher Penguin Random House to help address the chronic lack of investment in UK primary school libraries.
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    Vision for Literacy Business Pledge

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

    We are supporting parents to provide language-rich home learning environments for their young children.
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    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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