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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.
- Bespoke evaluations of programmes or products for others – commission us to help you understand your impact.
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How digital technology can support early language and literacy outcomes in early years settings: A review of the literature
A review of the research regarding the impact of digital technology on early language and literacy outcomes, specifically within early years settings. 16 Jun 2016
The Impact of ebooks on the Reading Motivation and Reading Skills of Children and Young People
This rapid literature review explores some of the research currently available on the role that technology plays in the literacy lives of young people. 25 Sep 2014
Literacy Changes Lives 2014: A new perspective on health, employment and crime
Since 2008, the financial crisis has had a profound social and economic impact on the UK’s most vulnerable communities. Using Literacy Changes Lives (2008) as a starting point, this report goes further to uncover the impact of poor literacy. 8 Sep 2014
Emma Macey/National Literacy Trust
Employers’ Views on Youth Literacy and Employability
This report, produced to support our Youth Literacy and Employability Commission, looks at whether employers think schools are equipping young people with the literacy skills required for the workplace. 2 Jul 2013
Christina Clark and Susie Formby
Young People's Views on Literacy Skills and Employment
This short report, produced to support our Youth Literacy and Employability Commission, uses secondary sources and our own survey data to examine young people's views on the importance of literacy skills to their employment prospects. 2 Jul 2013
Looked-After Children and Literacy
We undertook some desk-based research for a pilot for the National Literacy Trust's Young Reader Programme . This short review assesses the issues surrounding looked-after children and literacy and what we could learn from previous interventions. 14 Aug 2012
Christina Clark and David Burke
Boys' Reading Commission: A review of existing research conducted to support the Commission
This report sets out the preliminary evidence from a variety of sources that helped support and shape the Boys' Reading Commission. 1 Jul 2012
Talk To Your Baby and National Childbirth Trust Research Review
Dr. Cathy Hamer, policy and communities manager at the National Literacy Trust developed a research review for the National Childbirth Trust on the importance of parent-child communication from birth. 4 Apr 2012
Christina Clark, Lizzie Poulton and Emily McCoy
Literacy: A route of addressing child poverty?
This brief summary of the research literature provides the evidence base for literacy to be a priority within child poverty planning. It makes the case for a focus on home learning and parental aspirations in order to address low literacy. 11 Oct 2011
Christina Clark and Sarah De Zoysa
Mapping the interrelationships of reading enjoyment, attitudes, behaviour and attainment
It is frequently said that there is a positive relationship between enjoyment, attitudes, behaviour and attainment, with pupils who enjoy reading or writing having more positive attitudes towards it, doing it more and thereby getting better at it. This pa 18 Jul 2011