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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

  • National Literacy Trust  Mapping the Territory: The links between museums, archives and libraries, and adult basic skills
    This report provides baseline data on the ability of museums, archives and libraries in England to contribute to the Government's targets for improving the literacy and numeracy skills of adults with basic skills needs.
    15 Sep 2003
  • Robin Close  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
  • Viv Bird and Rodie Akerman  Every Which Way We Can: A literacy and social inclusion position paper
    This position paper is based on our findings two years into a three-year project on literacy and social inclusion. The purpose of the paper is to review the evidence gathered and to provide a resource for those concerned with issues in this field
    1 Feb 2005
  • Robin Close  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
  • Christina Clark, Stephen Torsi and Julia Strong  Young People and Reading
    This is our first survey into the reading habits and attitudes of young people, which is based on over 1,500 pupils from six schools who participated in a survey in spring 2005, as part of our Reading Champions initiative.
    10 Aug 2005
  • Christina Clark and Amelia Foster  Children's and Young People's Reading Habits and Preferences: The who, what, why, where and when
    In our first large-scale reading survey, we explored why some pupils choose to read for pleasure and others do not. We surveyed over 8,000 primary and secondary pupils whose schools were part of our Reading Connects initiative.
    3 Dec 2005
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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.
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