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All-Party Parliamentary Group on Literacy

APPG logoOur All-Party Parliamentary Literacy Group launched in November 2011 and is committed to ensuring parliamentary knowledge and support for the latest research, policy and best practice in the field of literacy. It was reformed following the May 2015 General Election and is co-chaired by Stephen McPartland MP and Stephen Twigg MP, with Lord Knight and Lord Tope as officers.

Recent meetings

Launch of MP packs on literacy need – 6 February 2017

The National Literacy Trust and Experian analysed data about the social factors most closely associated with low literacy to create a literacy vulnerability score for every single electoral ward and parliamentary constituency in England. MPs were given an information pack containing their constituency’s literacy vulnerability score and analysis of the local factors behind it at a meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Literacy on Monday 6 February. More information.

Roundtable on education white paper - 23 May 2016 

We held a high-level roundtable in Parliament to discuss the white paper and its implications for the education sector and literacy specifically. Themes discussed include the delivery of school improvement services and changes to ITT and QTS.

Speakers included:

  • Geoff Barton, headteacher, King Edward VI School, Bury St Edmunds
  • Frances Child, Vice Principal, University of Birmingham School, Director of School-Led Initial Teacher Education
  • Dawn Elliot, Head of Partnership Tax, KPMG and governor at The City Academy.
  • Sarah Hubbard, Ofsted, National Lead for English (primary and secondary stage)
  • Professor Debra Myhill, Graduate School of Education, University of Exeter
  • Carl Ward, Chief Executive, City Learning Trust, Stoke-on-Trent

The discussion was chaired by Baroness Kay Andrews and Stephen McPartland MP. Download the policy briefing produced following the roundtable. 

Commissions and reports

Read previous commissions and reports of the APPG on Literacy. 

To find out more about the APPG, email 

This is not an official website of the House of Commons or House of Lords. It has not been approved by either House or its committees. All-Party Parliamentary Groups are informal groups of Members of both Houses with a common interest in particular issues. The views expressed in this web pages and reports are those of the group.



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