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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

  • 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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  • Christina Clark and Anna Cunningham  Reading Enjoyment, Behaviour and Attitudes in Pupils who use Accelerated Reader
    Cross-sectional and longitudinal data sets unanimously show that more pupils who use Accelerated Reader (AR) enjoy reading, read frequently and think more positively about reading than their peers who do not use AR. Our analyses also highlight the importa
    19 May 2016
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  • Christina Clark  Children's and Young People's Reading in 2015
    This report outlines findings about children’s and young people’s reading from our sixth annual literacy survey conducted in November/December 2015. 32,569 young people aged eight to 18 participated.
    28 Apr 2016
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  • Anne Teravainen  Children and Young People's Reading in Bradford 2015
    This report presents second year information about the degree to which children and young people in National Literacy Trust Hub in Bradford enjoy reading, how often then engage in reading, what types of materials they read and how they feel about reading.
    19 Apr 2016
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  • Irene Picton and Christina Clark  The Impact of Ebooks on the Reading Motivation and Reading Skills of Children and Young People
    This report outlines findings about the impact of access to an ebooks platform on pupils’ reading motivation and skills over the academic year 2014/15. This report focuses on attitudinal data for 468 pupils and attainment data for 800 pupils.
    9 Dec 2015
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  • Christina Clark  Children's and Young People's Reading in 2014
    This report outlines findings about children’s and young people’s reading from our fifth annual literacy survey, which we conducted in November/December 2014. 32,026 children and young people aged eight to 18 participated.
    20 May 2015
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  • Christina Clark  The Reading Lives of 8 to 11-year-olds in Scotland: 2005 - 2013
    Commissioned by Save the Children to help support the launch of the Read On. Get On. campaign in Scotland, this report focuses on 1,042 children aged 8 to 11 living in Scotland and their enjoyment of reading, reading behaviour and attitudes towards readin
    17 Nov 2014
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  • Christina Clark  Accelerated Reader and Young People's Reading in 2013
    This second report for Renaissance Learning corroborates findings from last year. It shows that pupils who use Accelerated Reader (AR) enjoy reading more, read more often and think more positively about reading than their peers not using AR
    13 Nov 2014
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  • Christina Clark  The Reading Lives of 8 to 11-year-olds 2005 – 2013
    This report focuses on children aged 8 to 11 and their enjoyment of reading, reading behaviour and attitudes towards reading. The research for this report has informed the publication “How reading can help children escape poverty” produced by the Read On.
    8 Sep 2014
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  • Christina Clark  Children's and Young People's Reading in 2013
    This report outlines findings about children’s and young people’s reading from our fourth annual literacy survey, which we conducted in November/December 2013. 29,422 young people aged eight to 16 participated.
    2 Jul 2014
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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.