Free literacy resources
We’re pleased to offer these tools and resources free to teachers, practitioners and parents. For more information on what else we have to offer take a look at the boxes on the right.
Descriptosaurus Time Machine
Our new writing competition for Key Stages 2 and 3 includes teaching ideas and worksheets aimed at developing pupils' descriptive writing.Find out more
The Bone Sparrow
A teaching resource for Key Stage 3 pupils based on the novel The Bone Sparrow. Activities exploring the themes of refugees and migration for the library, assembly and tutor time plus lesson plans for English and Citizenship/SMSC.Download here
Craze of the Month
Use the trends your pupils are hooked on as a way into literacy with a range of lesson ideas and resources. This month: Planet Earth 2!Find out more
Activities for practitioners and parents of children aged three to five based on characters from the popular CBeebies magazine. Features Andy's Amazing Adventures, Hey Duggee, Octonauts, Swashbuckle and Something Special.
Picture the Poet
Developed in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery and Apples and Snakes, teachers can now download our Picture the Poet resource to support the teaching of creative poetry writing at Key Stages 2 and 3.
Supporting Young Writers
Lesson plans, activities and videos from our friends at Wicked to help you support and encourage new writing in the classroom. Includes activities on inspiring new writing, exploring genre fiction and approaches to fan fiction.
Euro 2016 and the Battle of the Somme centenary
To celebrate Euro 2016 and commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, we teamed up with children's author Tom Palmer to bring schools a series of exciting literary activities. Includes Over the Line 2016 - our chapter-by-chapter live story.
Mark the Bard!
To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, we have partnered with Price Waterhouse Cooper to produce a cross-curricular resource for Key Stage 3 pupils focusing on two of the Bard's most famous plays.
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Comedy writing toolkit
Inspire reluctant writers across your secondary school with three easy-to-use lesson plans exploring comedy writing.
Show your class this live lesson exploring the key literacy tools used in writing sketches, captions and stand-up comedy.
The resource also includes a glossary, toolbox and three posters. Download the resource
Trafalgar Tales: develop rich literacy outcomes from a museum visit
In collaboration with the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, we’ve developed a Teacher’s Resource taking children back in time to the Battle of Trafalgar. Pupils are inspired and supported in poetry, narrative and non-fiction writing related to the sea and this turning point in British history.Download the resource
Mr Men & Little Miss Big Reading Adventure
Developed from our 2014 competition, this is a full set of resources providing a platform to promote storytelling, communication and language in a fun and exciting way. Includes a poster, stories and activities, achievement charts, certificates and extension activities.Download the complete set
English Curriculum Review and Planning Tool
We've worked with a range of other organisations to provide advice based on current research and good practice as well as the new statutory requirements for English.Download the tool
Annual Literacy Review Taster
Try out a section of our tool to audit your literacy provision. The whole review, covering all aspects of literacy, is available to members of the National Literacy Trust Network. Each section is accompanied by supporting advice, which encompasses signposts to further research, resources and support to help address elements of need and priority.
Try the taster
Literacy Guide for Schools Taster
The ultimate resource for schools will help you interpret the ongoing policy changes and important research in key areas of literacy. The whole guide is available to National Literacy Trust Network members but here we offer sample sections for primary and secondary teachers.
Try the taster
Coming soon - using digital technology in Early Years
Words for Life: support for families
Visit our site for parents to access a huge range of resources and games to support literacy development in the home.
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