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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  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
  • 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
  • National Literacy Trust  Premier League Reading Stars impact report 2012
    Premier League Reading Stars is our reading intervention programme that targets children and young people who are not yet fans of reading but who are passionate about football. This report outlines its impact in 2012.
    7 May 2013
  • Christina Clark  Baselining Young People's Literacy in Middlesbrough 2012
    This report presents baseline information about children's and young people's literacy in Middlesbrough based on a survey of 3,427 8 to 16-year-olds conducted in November/December 2012. To contextualise the information about children’s and young people’s
    30 Apr 2013
  • Jonathan Rooke  Transforming Writing: Interim Evaluation Report
    This is the interim evaluation report of the Transforming Writing project, a two-year project that is researching how to improve children’s writing skills through applying effective formative assessment to the teaching of writing.
    11 Jan 2013
  • Christina Clark and Irene Picton  Family Matters: The importance of family support for young people's reading
    Based on data from our second annual literacy survey, involving almost 21,000 8 to 16-year-olds, this report shows that what parents say, and what they do, can have a considerable impact on young people’s reading enjoyment, confidence and attainment.
    18 Dec 2012
  • Sally Melvin and Laura Kenwright  Words for Work 2011-2012 Evaluation Summary Report
    This evaluation summary outlines the impact of our Words for Work programme on young people's confidence, awareness of employment and communication skills.
    1 Nov 2012
  • Christina Clark  Children's and Young People's Reading Today
    This report outlines findings that relate to children and young people's reading habits, taken from our second annual literacy survey , which we conducted in November/December 2011 and in which nearly 21,000 young people aged 8 to 16 participated.
    7 Sep 2012
  • Lizzie Poulton  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

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