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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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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
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
NLT-Talk To Your Baby
Face to Face research literature review highlights
As part of our Face to Face research project, the NLT commissioned the University of Dundee to produce this literature review of the evidence for why communicating with babies matters. 19 Oct 2010
NLT-Talk To Your Baby
Face to Face research management summary
The Talk To Your Baby Face to Face research project aimed to identify key messages for parents and carers in relation to communication with babies and young children, and examine the most effective ways to promote these messages to parents and carers. 19 Oct 2010
Why Fathers Matter to Their Children's Literacy
This paper briefly summarises the findings from the field of father involvement that also address the issue of children’s literacy practices. 25 Jun 2009
National Literacy Trust/Dr. M. Suzanne Zeedyk
What's life in a baby buggy like?
As part of our Talk To Your Baby campaign, we commissioned research to examine the interactions between parents and infants in face-to-face and away-facing buggies. The research was carried out by Dr Suzanne Zeedyk, developmental psychologist at the Unive 21 Nov 2008
Why Families Matter to Literacy
A brief research overview of the literature on the importance of involving parents in their children's literacy. 28 Nov 2007
Parental Involvement and Literacy Achievement
This review considers published evidence on parental involvement for children from birth to the age of 16. The review and recommendations given by the National Literacy Trust would interest anyone concerned with issues involving parental influences in the 1 May 2005
Television and Early Language Development
This literature review investigates the relationship between television and language development in children from birth to age five. 1 Apr 2004