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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 

  1. Annual literacy trackers – we ask children, young people and other stakeholders about literacy using large-scale national surveys.
  2. Issue-led research – we explore literacy issues using multiple approaches to further our understanding on a commission basis
  3. Evaluating our work– our evidence-based approach means we comprehensively explore the impact of our programmes.
  4. Bespoke evaluations of programmes or products for others – commission us to help you understand your impact. 


Email christina.clark@literacytrust.org.uk for more details.

How to support our work.

Our research reports are free to download. Before downloading please read our terms and conditions

Source Description Date

  • Coventry University  Premier League Reading Stars England Evaluation Report 2015/16
    This report outlines findings from an independent evaluation of Premier League Reading Stars (PLRS) by Coventry University. This evaluation focuses on our activities delivered in England between September 2015 and July 2016. A report on activities deliver
    15 Feb 2017
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  • Coventry University  Premier League Reading Stars Wales Evaluation Report 2015/16
    This report outlines findings from an independent evaluation of Premier League Reading Stars (PLRS) by Coventry University. This evaluation focuses on our activities delivered in Wales between September 2015 and July 2016. This report is also available in
    15 Feb 2017
  •   Children's and Young People's Diary Writing in 2015
    This snapshot report outlines findings on children's and young people's diary writing, based on responses from 32,596 8- to 16-year-olds who participated in the National Literacy Trust’s annual literacy survey in November / December 2015.
    8 Dec 2016
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  • Christina Clark  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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Clémence Pabion  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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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