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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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Source Description Date

  • Christina Clark, Sarah Osborne and Rodie Akerman  Young People's Self-Perceptions as Readers
    A survey of pupils at 29 primary and secondary schools that explores why some pupils see themselves as readers and others do not. It investigates the family, peer and school influences, and explores the consequences of such self-perceptions
    4 Jan 2008
  • National Literacy Trust  What's Hot, What's Not 2008
    A policy-scoping survey of 35 leading literacy professionals that explored which literacy issues are currently hot or not hot and what 2008 might bring
    20 Dec 2007
  • Christina Clark and Sarah Osborne  Demystifying the Reluctant Reader
    This article supplements our 2008 report on the Self-Perceptions of Young People as Readers and focuses on the so-called "reluctant" reader.
    9 Dec 2007
  • Christina Clark  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
  • Reading The Game  Kick into Reading (part of Sports Stories) Interim Report
    Overview of project activity outlining areas of project delivery, number of participants, case studies, evaluation and feedback for Kick into Reading nationally. Kick into Reading is the storytelling phase of the RTG Sports Stories project.
    31 Oct 2007
  • Reading The Game  PLRS Prison Project Report
    A summary of PLRS activity in HM Prisons and Young Offenders Institutes.
    6 Oct 2007
  • Reading The Game  Reading The Game consultation 2007
    In 2007 RTG conducted research to find out how the sector could best work with sport to promote literacy.
    19 Sep 2007
  • Reading The Game  Reading The Game consultation report - executive summary
    A consultation of RTG partners and beneficiaries to conduct a needs analysis, identify priority areas for development and discover any barriers regarding sports-related literacy issues, in order to see how and if RTG could help deliver against these areas
    17 May 2007
  • Christina Clark and Kate Rumbold  Reading for Pleasure: A research overview
    This paper explores reading for pleasure, its importance, and its impact on literacy attainment and other outcomes. It aims to further our understanding of the value of reading for pleasure and to provide information that will enable parents, teachers and
    10 Nov 2006
  • Christina Clark and Rodie Akerman  Social Inclusion and Reading: An exploration
    A report analysing children and young people's reading habits in the light of whether or not they receive free school meals
    15 Jun 2006

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