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About our work

One person in six in the UK lives with poor literacy. This holds them back at every stage of their life. As a child they won't be able to succeed at school, as a young adult they will be locked out of the job market, and on becoming a parent they won't be able to support their child's learning.

Lacking these vital skills undermines their wellbeing and stops them making a full contribution to the economic and cultural life of our nation. 

The National Literacy Trust is an independent charity dedicated to raising literacy levels in the UK. 

We work to improve the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in the UK's most disadvantaged communities, where up to 40 per cent of people have literacy problems. Our research and analysis make us the leading authority on literacy and drive our interventions. Because low literacy is intergenerational, we focus our work on families, young people and children. 

  • We establish literacy projects in the poorest communities
  • We campaign to make literacy a priority for politicians and parents
  • We support schools

Find out more in our impact report.

Community literacy projects

Our community literacy projects run in the most deprived communities, inspiring and supporting children and families to improve their skills.


We campaign to improve public understanding of the vital importance of literacy and to ensure the Government takes action.

Our Words for Life campaign encourages parents from disadvantaged communities to support literacy in the home. Our Words For Life website provides ideas, competitions and free activities for parents and families.

Support for schools and other practitioners

We share our analysis, promote best practice and provide support and resources for schoolsearly years settings and local areas. Find out more about our membership network.


Find out about the full history of the National Literacy Trust on our Wikipedia page.

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Our impact report

Find out more about our work by reading our latest impact report.

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The National Literacy Trust is a registered charity no. 1116260 and a company limited by guarantee no. 5836486 registered in England and Wales and a registered charity in Scotland no. SC042944.
Registered address: 68 South Lambeth Road, London SW8 1RL.