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Research at the National Literacy Trust
Our research programme is designed to:
- raise literacy attitudes, habits and skills across the UK
- underpin our programmes, campaigns and policy work
- inform our identity as an organisation.
Our research work
- Annual literacy trackers – we ask children, young people and other stakeholders about literacy using large-scale national surveys.
- Issue-led research – we explore literacy issues using multiple approaches to further our understanding on a commission basis
- Evaluating our work– our evidence-based approach means we comprehensively explore the impact of our programmes.
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Children's and Young People's Writing in 2015
This report outlines findings about children's writing enjoyment, writing frequency and writing attitudes, taken from our sixth annual literacy survey. 32,569 children and young people aged 8 to 18 participated in November/December 2015. 3 Nov 2016
Christina Clark, Anne Teravainen and Irene Picton
Children and Young People's Reading in Manchester in 2016
5,256 children and young people aged 8-18 from 60 schools in Manchester participated in this survey about their reading from April to June 2016. 21 Oct 2016
Clémence Pabion, Lucy Kerrigan, Erin Barnes and Christina Clark
Picture the Poet: schools programme evaluation report
This report outlines evaluation findings for the Picture the Poet schools programme, which aimed to increase pupil enjoyment of poetry reading, writing and performance. 5 Oct 2016
Clémence Pabion and Christina Clark
Young Readers Programme Evaluation 2015 / 2016
This report outlines evaluation findings for the Young Reader Programme for 2015/16, which shows that participating children read a wider range of materials and think more positively about reading. 28 Sep 2016
Literacy Leaders - 2016 Pilot Evaluation
The evaluation of the pilot project, which was generously supported by PWC, shows that Literacy Leaders empowers secondary school students to promote literacy among their peers. 16 Sep 2016
Anne Teravainen, Clémence Pabion, and Christina Clark
Oxfordshire Gaining Momentum impact evaluation report - 2016
This report presents findings from the qualitative and quantitative evaluation of the Oxfordshire Gaining Momentum project, with a focus on attitudinal and behavioural outcomes for literacy leaders, teachers, and students. 1 Sep 2016
Clémence Pabion and Hannah Howard
Books Unlocked Evaluation 2014/15
An evaluation of the National Literacy Trust’s Books Unlocked programme, which supports prisoners and young offenders to engage with literature 7 Jul 2016
Evaluation of HELLO: A tool to improve communication, language and literacy practice in early years settings
An evaluation report of the Helping Early Language and Literacy Outcomes (HELLO) project, funded by the Department for Education. This report focuses on survey responses from practitioners taking part in the project. 6 Jul 2016
Process Evaluation of HELLO: A tool to improve communication, language and literacy practice in early years settings
An evaluation report of the Helping Early Language and Literacy Outcomes (HELLO) project, funded by the Department for Education. This report focuses on the implementation models used to deliver the project. 6 Jul 2016
Children’s and Young People’s Reading and Writing of Comedy in 2015
Ahead of the launch of the BBC Comedy Classroom competition, 24,972 8 to 16-year-olds were questioned on their comedy consumption. 23 Jun 2016