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Our programmes

Highly engaging and evaluated programmes to improve reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in the UK's most disadvantaged communities.
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We run an array of evaluated programmes that support children and young people in schools, early years and alternative provision settings. We also have programmes that support adult literacy both in the community and in the criminal justice sector.

Our targeted interventions are designed to help staff in schools and settings to close the learning gap for those children most at risk of falling behind.

Programmes open for registration

We're currently seeking eligible schools and settings to join these impactful, funded programmes for 2023-24.

National Literacy Trust programmes

Explore the full range of our evidence-based programmes.

Early years programmes

Primary programmes

  • Reading for enjoyment is key to improving literacy skills. The Young Readers Programme runs fun events where children can choose books to take home and keep.
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  • We work with schools across the country to refresh and restock their libraries and book corners, and embed reading for pleasure in teaching practice. We believe school...
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  • Together schools and local businesses support primary aged pupils to develop their literacy skills, raise aspirations and challenge stereotypes.
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  • Supporting primary school children to develop their reading skills and confidently read for enjoyment too. Developed in partnership with Hachette UK.
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  • Through NewsWise, we help teachers empower pupils to access, understand, analyse and participate in the news.
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  • Giving students the opportunity to visit iconic cultural venues in their local area as inspiration for writing their own poems supported by a local professional poet.
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  • Use the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills.
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  • Our national reading campaign that supports and celebrates reading culture within schools.
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Secondary programmes

Alternative Provision programmes

Adult programmes

The National Literacy Trust currently runs five Criminal Justice projects in prisons and Young Offender Institutions that span reading for pleasure, creative writing, audio creation, and parent and child storytelling. We also work to support people with adult literacy with a number of programmes and projects.

In addition, our financial resilience programme helps young people aged 16 to 24 improve their literacy skills enabling them to feel confident and informed when making financial decisions.

  • The Literacy Innovation Fund, funded by the Ministry of Justice, sees us delivering a wide range of literacy initiatives in six prisons across England.
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  • Books Unlocked supports people in prisons and Young Offender Institutions, as well as others in community settings such as schools and libraries, to read for enjoyment.
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  • Inside Stories with Audible is a project aimed at bringing content creation, audio production and podcast-making skills to young people in custody.
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  • Readconnect empowers men and women in HMP Swaleside and HMP Downview to build and maintain bonds with their children through storytelling, creative writing, and other...
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  • New Chapters supports young people involved with the criminal justice system through the power of creative writing.
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  • Words Rising with Anawim Women’s Centre is funded by our Birmingham Hub and Birmingham University, and delivered by the Adult Literacy Team. Learn how we are equipping...
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  • Empowering young people to improve their financial wellbeing while developing literacy skills.
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