The National Literacy Trust is an independent charity that believes everyone in the UK should have the literacy skills they need.
One person in six in the UK today has poor literacy. This means they can’t succeed at school, are locked out of the job market, can’t support their child’s learning and struggle with daily tasks such as filling in forms or reading labels on food packaging.
We are the only national charity dedicated to raising literacy levels in the UK.
Our research with young learners makes us the leading authority on literacy and enables us to take effective action. We work to improve reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.
Community literacy projects
Our community literacy projects run in the most deprived communities, inspiring and supporting children and families to improve their skills.
Support for schools and other practitioners
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. www.wordsforlife.org.uk provides ideas, competitions and free activities for parents and families.
Our success in the last year
- 20,000 children from poor homes chose books to keep
- 30 million opportunities for parents to hear our message
- 35,000 teachers, librarians and other practitioners had access to our support
- 60,000 children were inspired to read by our work with footballers
Find out more in our impact report.
Our strategic priorities for 2012 to 2015
- Early language
- Learning to read and write
- Enjoying reading
- Literacy for work
- Literacy in the home
Support our work
For a full history of the National Literacy Trust see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Literacy_Trust
There are lots of ways you can help support our work.
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