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National Literacy Trust

One person in six in the UK lives with poor literacy. This holds them back at every stage of their life. As a child they won't be able to succeed at school, as a young adult they will be locked out of the job market, and on becoming a parent they won't be able to support their child's learning.

The National Literacy Trust has worked with thousands of teachers and practitioners across the UK to support their development of outstanding literacy provision. Together we can continue to raise literacy levels and improve outcomes for young people.

The National Literacy Trust Network

At the heart of the National Literacy Trust is the Network, which is full of resources to inspire fantastic teaching of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Membership includes access to downloadable lesson plans and posters, tools to measure literacy provision and a 30% discount with Browns Books.


Improving Boys’ Literacy in Key Stage 2 – 2/3-day CPD

In 2015, only 83% of boys achieved Level 4 or above in writing compared to 91% of girls. This programme helps teachers identify challenges specific to their school and choose strategies most likely to succeed.


Language and Literacy within the Curriculum in Key Stage 3 – 3-day CPD

Training to help literacy leaders and subject heads develop cross-curricular literacy for whole-school improvement.


Literacy Requirements of the New GCSE Specifications – full or half-day workshop

This workshop helps teachers across different subjects understand the literacy demands of their own area and equips literacy leaders with the tools to support teachers across the curriculum.


Words for Work

The National Literacy Trust empowers young people from disadvantaged backgrounds towards successful employment through teaching vital literacy and employability skills, working with volunteers from local business communities.


Reading for Pleasure

National Literacy Trust research shows that young people who enjoy reading very much are three times as likely to read above the expected level for their age as young people who do not enjoy reading at all.


Skills Academy – Football-themed intervention for Years 7 and 8

Skills Academy is a 10-week intervention for groups who are struggling to reach the expected level in reading. Pupils complete challenges to improve core comprehension skills and unlock exclusive videos to learn fantastic freestyle football skills.


Reading for Enjoyment in Key Stages 2 and 3 – 1.5/3-day professional development training

Develop an action plan for creating a community of readers in your school and explore strategies such as teaching whole texts to build a culture of reading for pleasure.


Reading Comprehension

“On average, reading comprehension approaches improve learning by an additional five months’ progress over the course of a school year.”

  • Reading Comprehension Strategies, Education Endowment Foundation Toolkit, 2015


National Curriculum reading comprehension expectations

Downloadable overview of expectations for teaching comprehension from Years 1 to 6.


Raising Standards in Reading Comprehension – 2-day CPD

2-day CPD programme to help teachers and literacy leaders engage with research and develop creative and sustainable strategies to improve outcomes.



National Literacy Trust research shows that children who enjoy writing very much are seven times more likely to write above the level expected for their age than those who do not enjoy it at all. At every stage of the curriculum, an emphasis on writing for purpose and audience with depth of knowledge is essential.


Descriptosaurus Time Machine

A competition inviting students to write about a time period that appeals to them, helping to unlock their passion for writing.  It also includes free, downloadable teaching resources to incorporate the competition into class time. Please note: this competition is open until 17 April.


Inspiring Writers

A range of resources developed from work with arts, cultural and heritage organisations. The resources are designed to provide students with engaging experiences to inspire their writing, including poetry and comedy writing toolkits and lesson plans for museum visits.


Speaking and listening

From early language development to directed group discussion, high-quality talk is essential to children’s thinking and learning. OFSTED state that the earlier children develop confidence in speech, the more likely they will be to improve overall confidence in reading and writing.


Early Words Together

Up to 50% of children are starting school without the language skills they need to progress. This programme provides practitioners with training and resources to help parents support their children's language development and school readiness.


The Bone Sparrow

Free activities for 11 to 14-year-olds to explore key themes of the CILIP Carnegie Medal-nominated book, which are designed to be used in your library or resource centre, assembly and tutor time as well as in lesson plans for English and Citizenship/SMSC.