Is Your Child’s Literacy Up to Par?

The National Literacy Trust has recently launched a new survey as part of research investigating the links between literacy & financial capability and we would love it if our readers took part to help build awareness and get schools involved in the survey.

Who is the National Literacy Trust?

The National Literacy Trust is an independent charity dedicated to giving disadvantaged children the literacy skills they need to succeed.

For 25 years they have worked to improve the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in the UK’s poorest communities, where one in three people have literacy problems.

Because low literacy is intergenerational, they focus their work on families, young people, and children.

The Survey

The Literacy and Financial Capability Survey of UK primary and secondary pupils covers both reading and financial capability and takes place in the autumn term with it open online between 29 October and 21 December.

It asks pupils about their behaviour and views towards reading and financial matters. The survey also measures pupils’ financial capability skills.

The survey is aimed at young people in the UK aged 9 – 18, both male and female, from a variety of socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds. Participating schools will need to provide pupils with access to a 30-minute online survey, and the National Literacy Trust will do the rest.

In addition, the trust is offering free standardised reading tests for a selected number of UK schools to use to test their pupils’ reading skill.

The survey will help with the understanding of the relationship between components of financial capability and literacy better and in turn, allow the trust to make practical recommendations about how the sector can boost financial capability by improving literacy skills.

The National report from the research is due to be published in February-March 2019 on the National Literacy Trust website. Schools taking part will receive a summary of their pupils’ results which they can use to review their policy and plan strategy going forward.


If you think the survey is a good idea, help the National Literacy Trust by sharing the signup form with your primary or secondary school.

The link to the survey is here:

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