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The National Literacy Trust is the only national charity dedicated to raising literacy levels in the UK. Its research and analysis make it the leading authority on literacy. It runs projects in the poorest communities, campaign to make literacy a priority for politicians and parents, and support schools.

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Literacy Is Prescribed to Help Families Stay Healthy

(0) Comments | Posted 14 July 2015 | (12:19)

Improving families' literacy through tailored local support can make them healthier and a pioneering partnership approach to health literacy should become a fundamental part of public health strategies, our new research concludes.

Our report, called Understanding the role of literacy in public health, found that literacy is...

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Record Numbers of Children Enjoy Reading Every Day

(0) Comments | Posted 21 May 2015 | (11:18)


Most readers can recall their favourite childhood story. In many cases this was the book or the character which first got them hooked on reading. Perhaps it was a series of fictional adventures or a particular author which became synonymous with...

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Commission Calls for Partnership Between Schools and Businesses to Address UK's Falling Place in International League Tables

(0) Comments | Posted 12 December 2013 | (09:29)

Without doubt the most worrying OECD study this autumn for the UK wasn't the much discussed PISA study, but the study of adult literacy published in October. This study isolated a massive challenge for England and Northern Ireland (the two UK countries participating). Whilst the general comparison of average reading...

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Literacy Odds Are Stacked Against Poor Children

(0) Comments | Posted 13 February 2013 | (09:35)

A strong link between social disadvantage and low academic achievement has been found by the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) tests published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

The analysis of tests undertaken in 2009 has found that on average across OECD countries,...

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How Can We Get Children Reading?

(5) Comments | Posted 28 January 2013 | (23:00)

In recent years, children's reading across all formats from books and magazines to websites has dropped significantly. Our research published last September revealed that only three young people in 10 read daily in their own time, compared with four young people in 10 in 2005. This highlights a significant drop...

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