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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 front coverDescriptosaurus Time Machine

Our new writing competition for Key Stages 2 and 3 includes teaching ideas and worksheets aimed at developing pupils' descriptive writing. 

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Bone Sparrow final PB cover high resThe 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.

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plrs 2017 3x2Premier League Primary Stars

Amazing English resources for Key Stage 1 & Key Stage 2 teachers, including our flagship 10 week reading intervention Premier League Reading Stars. Available February 2017. 

Register at to be the first to know when these resources and activities are available to access.

AladdinDisney's Aladdin: The Cave of Wonders (Key Stage 3)

This resource uses the dancing, music and storytelling from Aladdin the Musical to achieve learning objectives for English, PSHE and storytelling through dance.

In ‘Cave of Wonders’ pupils develop their creative writing, build grammar skills and use themes from the production to reflect on issues in their own lives. Download here

See also Out of the Lamp: Resources for Key Stage 2

Red roseCraze 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: Beauty and the Beast

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CBeebies magazine logoCBeebies Magazine

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.

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Picture the Poet resource front coverPicture 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. 

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Picture the Poet resource front coverSupporting 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.

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Footballs - Euro 2016Euro 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. 

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ShakespeareMark 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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bbc comedy classroomComedy 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 front cover imageTrafalgar 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.  

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Mr Men   squareMr 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.

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boys talkingEnglish 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.

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boys talkingAnnual 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.

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Literacy GuideLiteracy 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. 

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Mother and baby communicating 300dpiComing soon - using digital technology in Early Years

Developed from the Helping Early Language and Literacy Outcomes (HELLO) programme - visit our Early Years Area in the meantime and join our newsletter to be notified when the resources are released.

words for life logo 2Words 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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Our interactive map provides information on storytellers, authors and literacy professionals in your area. 

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