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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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Children's and Young People's Diary Writing in 2015
This snapshot report outlines findings on children's and young people's diary writing, based on responses from 32,596 8- to 16-year-olds who participated in the National Literacy Trust’s annual literacy survey in November / December 2015. 8 Dec 2016
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
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
Children and Young People's Communication Skills in Bradford 2015
The purpose of this report is to give an overview of communication skills in our Bradford sample after one year as a National Literacy Trust Hub. The report presents information about what children and young people think are good communication skills, how 19 Apr 2016
Children and Young People's Literacy in Peterborough 2015
The purpose of these reports is to give an overview of literacy in our Peterborough sample after one year as a National Literacy Trust Hub. This survey is split into three reports that focus on writing, reading and communications skills (download below). 25 May 2016
Children and Young People's Reading in Bradford 2015
This report presents second year information about the degree to which children and young people in National Literacy Trust Hub in Bradford enjoy reading, how often then engage in reading, what types of materials they read and how they feel about reading. 19 Apr 2016
Children and Young People's Writing in Bradford 2015
This report presents second year information about the degree to which children and young people in our National Literacy Trust Hub in Bradford enjoy writing, how often then engage in writing, what they write and how they feel about writing. 19 Apr 2016
Anne Teravainen, Clémence Pabion, and Christina Clark
Oxfordshire Gaining Momentum impact evaluation report - 2016
This report presents findings from the qualitative and quantitative evaluation of the Oxfordshire Gaining Momentum project, with a focus on attitudinal and behavioural outcomes for literacy leaders, teachers, and students. 1 Sep 2016
Bianca Bailey and Christina Clark
Oxfordshire Reading Campaign: Interim Evaluation Report
23 Oct 2013
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