National Literacy Forum

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In March 2013, the National Literacy Trust convened the first National Literacy Forum. It is attended by representatives from the voluntary and community sector, as well as from government, and meets twice each year to discuss policy themes pertinent to addressing low literacy.

The forum's aims are to:

  • Inform the development of national policy and develop consensus around literacy issues
  • Reflect on service development and create opportunities for collaborative working 
  • Influence policy makers using collective expertise

If you are interested in finding out more about the activity of the forum or joining the group, please email harriet.mccann@literacytrust.org.uk.

Policy papers and projects


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    Vision for Literacy 2025

    In the run up to the 2015 General Election, the National Literacy Forum developed the Vision for Literacy, which recommended four areas, or Pathways to Literacy, where sustained policy consensus was required to ensure that all children had the literacy skills they needed to succeed by the time they finish secondary school.

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    Localism policy paper

    In March 2014, following discussion at a National Literacy Forum meeting, we published a paper discussing the role of localised approaches in improving literacy levels in the UK.

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    Child poverty policy paper

    At the first National Literacy Forum meeting in 2013, the group discussed national policies that relate to child poverty and considered the role of literacy in reducing the impact of poverty.

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