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 Brown’s Books for Students.
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.
Training to help literacy leaders and subject heads develop cross-curricular literacy for whole-school improvement.
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.
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 enjoyment
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 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.
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.
“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
Downloadable overview of expectations for teaching comprehension from Years 1 to 6.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.