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We offer resources, research, best practice, professional development and news to help you deliver outstanding literacy provision in secondary schools and alternative provision settings.
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Annual Literacy Survey 2024

Would you like to know what your pupils think about reading, writing, speaking and listening? Sign up your school for our Annual Literacy Survey of children and young people and you'll get a personalised school report outlining findings to compare nationally, inform strategy, and use as evidence for OFSTED.

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Two CPD events not to miss this March

Join experts at two excellent CPD events in March 2024 and discover practical strategies which are guaranteed to help you improve students' speaking and listening skills in your subject. In Liverpool on 15 March, we will also be joined by acclaimed spoken-word artist Steven Camden aka Polarbear whilst our session on 8 March in Nottingham will explore the what, why and how of Post-16 oracy.

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Secondary resources

Inspire and motivate pupils with our teaching resources to support and improve literacy provision at secondary school.

Secondary training and conferences

Secondary programmes

Our secondary programmes help students develop their literacy skills to succeed at school and in their future lives.

  • Literacy for Learning is our whole-school literacy improvement programme for secondary teachers and leaders.
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  • Words for Work is the National Literacy Trust’s flagship literacy and employability programme.
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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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  • Inspiring the next generation of mystery writers drawing on the thrilling work of Agatha Christie!
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  • A poetry-based programme supporting schools to explore writing as a therapeutic, self-sustaining, and low-cost tool to promote the wellbeing of their young people.
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  • Discover our social action writing programme that empowers young people to share the stories that matter to them with a real audience and to drive change.
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  • Our national reading campaign that supports and celebrates reading culture within schools.
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Secondary: Alternative Provision

Our range of programmes that have been specially developed to support both students who have been excluded and those who are at risk of exclusion.

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