All-Party Parliamentary Group on Literacy

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Our All-Party Parliamentary Group on Literacy launched in November 2011 and is committed to ensuring parliamentary knowledge and support for the latest research, policy and best practice in the field of literacy.

The group is co-chaired by Stephen McPartland MP and Stephen Twigg MP, with Lord Knight and Lord Tope as officers.

We carry out parliamentary commissions and projects to explore major policy issues. 

Commissions, policy papers and 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. This follows the publication of a new report from the National Literacy Trust which stresses that children and young people in England do not have the critical literacy skills they need to identify fake news.

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    Literacy score - mapping literacy need across England

    The literacy score is a new measure of literacy vulnerability which we have developed with Experian. Together we have created constituency literacy rankings which measure literacy need in every electoral ward and in each parliamentary constituency in England.

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    Youth Literacy and Employability Commission

    The Youth Literacy and Employability Commission was a joint venture between the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Literacy and the National Literacy Trust to gather evidence and make recommendations to government on what action is required to address the link between low literacy and youth unemployment.

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    Boys’ Reading Commission

    Research consistently shows boys’ reading lags behind girls. The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Literacy’s Boys' Reading Commission was a joint venture with the National Literacy Trust from January to June 2012.

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    The School Library Commission

    The School Library Commission  was a joint initiative between The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) and the National Literacy Trust which aimed to set a national agenda to ensure school libraries deliver exceptional services to help young people reach their potential.

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