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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. 

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How to support our work.

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

Source Description Date

  • Christina Clark  Talk at Mealtimes
    This short report explores how many young people sit and talk with their family at mealtimes, and the relationship between mealtime talk and young people’s confidence in and attitudes towards communication skills.
    31 Jul 2013
  • Amanda Halden, Christina Clark and Fiona Lewis  National Literacy Trust and Nursery World survey: Investigating communication, literacy and language development in the early years sector
    In May 2011 Nursery World and the National Literacy Trust launched its language development survey to celebrate Hello; the national year of communication. The National Literacy Trust teamed up with Nursery World to carry out research into the sector’s sup
    12 Jul 2011
  • Christina Clark  Boys, Girls and Communication
    In summer 2010 we conducted the first large-scale survey of young people's view on communication skills in the UK. This brief report explores what boys and girls think about communication skills, how confident they are in their skills and how important th
    4 May 2011

The National Literacy Trust is a registered charity no. 1116260 and a company limited by guarantee no. 5836486 registered in England and Wales and a registered charity in Scotland no. SC042944.
Registered address: 68 South Lambeth Road, London SW8 1RL.