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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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A research review: the importance of families and the home environment
Parents are the first teachers and role models for their children, and therefore have a strong influence on their learning. Yet, studies continue to show that many parents are not aware of the importance they play in their child’s education and have a lim 1 Mar 2011
Accelerated Reader and Young People’s Reading: Findings from the National Literacy Trust’s 2012 annual literacy survey on reading enjoyment, reading behaviour outside class and reading attitudes
Using data from our 2012 annual literacy survey, this report explores the differences, if any, between children and young people who use Accelerated Reader and those who do not in terms of their reading enjoyment and reading attitudes. 1 Nov 2013
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
Clemence Pabion and Christina Clark
An Evaluation of the First News Reading Package
The National Literacy Trust was commissioned by First News to conduct an evaluation of how taking part in First News activities in school affects pupils’ reading skills and attitudes towards reading, as well as their attitudes to newspapers, the news, an 11 Sep 2015
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
Christina Clark and Rodie Akerman
Being a Reader: The relationship with gender
This brief paper re-focuses our self-perception research and examines the link between gender and reader self-perception 4 Apr 2008
Christina Clark and Lizzie Poulton
Book ownership and its relation to enjoyment, attitudes, behaviour and attainment
18,141 young people aged 8 to 17 participated in our first annual online survey in November/December 2010. It included a question about book ownership, which is the focus of this brief report. 31 May 2011
Clémence Pabion, Lucy Kerrigan and Christina Clark
Books about Town for Schools 2015: Evaluation report
This report presents findings from the evaluation of the second phase of Books about Town for Schools, funded by the Man Charitable Trust, which ran between February 2015 and January 2016. 11 Feb 2016
Clémence Pabion and Hannah Howard
Books Unlocked Evaluation 2014/15
An evaluation of the National Literacy Trust’s Books Unlocked programme, which supports prisoners and young offenders to engage with literature 7 Jul 2016
Christina Clark and David Burke
Boys' Reading Commission: A review of existing research conducted to support the Commission
This report sets out the preliminary evidence from a variety of sources that helped support and shape the Boys' Reading Commission. 1 Jul 2012