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Annual literacy survey

Would you like to know what your pupils think about literacy? 

We conduct an annual survey of primary and secondary school pupils to collect data about their attitudes towards reading and writing. We typically run this survey from mid-November to mid-December.

Applications for taking part in the 2016 survey are now closed.

Participating schools get their own individual school report that outlines your basic findings, which you can compare nationally once the national reports are published.

You could use your report to:

  • inform literacy strategy
  • give as supporting evidence to OFSTED
  • review your current literacy provision.

How it works

We aim to survey children and young people aged nine to 18, both male and female, from a variety of socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds.

Participating schools will need to provide pupils with access to a 25 minute online survey, and we will do the rest. The survey can either be done online at school or it could be set as homework.

Our aim is to build a year-on-year picture of literacy within the UK through the eyes of young people.

Read the reports we've published on these data.

How to get involved in 2017

If you are interested in taking part in 2017 please email


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.
Registered address: 68 South Lambeth Road, London SW8 1RL.