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All-Party Parliamentary Group on Literacy

APPG on Literacy Early Years Launch

The National Literacy Trust is proud to serve as the secretariat of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Literacy. The APPG on Literacy was re-launched in June 2023 and is committed to building political support for literacy related issues.

The group is chaired by Christian Wakeford MP, with Alexander Stafford MP serving as Co-Chair, Justin Tomlinson MP as Vice-Chair, and Gill Furniss MP and Lord Graham Tope as Officers. Additional APPG members include Barry Sheerman MP, Dan Carden MP, Baroness Usha Prashar, and Baroness Floella Benjamin.

AGM meeting: June 2023

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Literacy held its AGM meeting on Tuesday 13 June 2023. We discussed our priorities for the APPG for the coming year, such as the effort to boost the number of UK primary school libraries via the Libraries for Primaries campaign. In addition, we provided members of the APPG with an update on the National Literacy Trust's early years campaign, and agreed to release a report through the APPG on what changes to government policy are needed to improve early language development.

Policy report launch: October 2023

The APPG supported this effort by putting out a Call for Evidence on early years policy, which was live from June to August 2023. The numerous submissions that were received helped to shape the content of the report, Building Firm Foundations: A Report on Early Language and Communication Policy, which was launched in Parliament on 24 October 2023.

For more information and inquiries, please contact Marc Newall (Head of Policy and Public Affairs).

Commissions and policy papers