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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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How Our Hubs Are Making Literacy a Priority for the Whole Community

(0) Comments | Posted 13 June 2016 | (15:27)

"It is only when you get close up to a community you see literacy leadership comes in different guises," Julia Cleverdon, the Chair of the National Literacy Trust, told guests at the launch of our report National Literacy Trust Hubs: A place-based response to tackling low literacy.

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Ruth Rendell Award Launched to Find Author Who Has Done the Most to Champion Literacy

(0) Comments | Posted 5 April 2016 | (16:57)

Schools, libraries, booksellers and individuals are being encouraged to make nominations for a brand new award in memory of a bestselling novelist.

The Ruth Rendell Award, which was launched by the National Literacy Trust and is sponsored by the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society, will recognise the...

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Dads Urged to Get More Involved in Their Children's Story Time to Give Boys a Boost

(0) Comments | Posted 22 March 2016 | (16:52)

For many families story time is a highlight of the day. Sitting together for as little as ten minutes to read books and sing nursery rhymes is enjoyable for parents and is crucial for developing children's literacy skills.

A child's first years are a critical time for their communication...

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Using Ebooks Increases Boys' Reading Progress and makes them Keener, More Confident Readers

(0) Comments | Posted 9 December 2015 | (09:04)

If you want to get boys reading more, try an ebook. This was the surprise finding from our study which revealed that ebooks made boys better, keener and more confident readers.

The study, called The Impact of ebooks on the Reading Motivation and Reading Skills of Young...

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Leading UK Businesses Pledge to Tackle UK Literacy Challenge

(0) Comments | Posted 24 November 2015 | (19:39)

We have today revealed the 41 high profile businesses that have pledged their commitment to tackling the literacy challenge in the UK. KPMG, Boots Opticians and Pearson are among the companies who have signed the Vision for Literacy Business Pledge 2016, which has been developed by the National...

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Teachers Say They Need More Support to Meet Literacy Requirements of New National Curriculum

(0) Comments | Posted 3 November 2015 | (13:13)

There is almost unanimous agreement among teachers of the importance of promoting literacy across all subjects, but teachers need more support to enable them to fulfil the literacy requirements of the new National Curriculum, according to our new research.

For the first study of its kind, Teachers...

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Letter Writers Are Better Writers

(0) Comments | Posted 17 September 2015 | (13:12)

The arrival of the postman with the latest instalment of news from a pen pal or a favourite aunt evokes childhood memories for those of us who grew up before the era of text messages and emails. Although the postman mainly delivers junk mail now - even bills have gone...

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Studying the Stories Behind the Headlines Helps Boost Children's Reading

(0) Comments | Posted 11 September 2015 | (11:31)

This week we released encouraging findings from a new National Literacy Trust report for First News, the UK's only newspaper for young people.

We recently evaluated the impact of using the First News Reading Package in schools and found that taking part in literacy activities about the...

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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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