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Cole, Aimee; Teravainen-Goff, Anne; Clark, Christina – National Literacy Trust, 2022
Children's literacy development begins long before formal schooling, with parents and the home environment exerting important influences on the development of their children's language skills. A focus on the early years and the home learning environment of children is therefore crucial to ensure that they get the best possible foundation for their…
Descriptors: Language Skills, Young Children, Pandemics, COVID-19
Palmer-Crew, Melanie; Clark, Christina – National Literacy Trust, 2021
What happens in the early years of a child's life has a profound impact on the rest of their life. This significant and influential phase in visual, language and emotional development lays the foundation for lifelong health, learning and earning potential. In August 2021 National Literacy Trust commissioned Savanta ComRes to conduct a survey of…
Descriptors: Family Environment, Foreign Countries, Preschool Children, Parents as Teachers
Best, Emily – National Literacy Trust, 2021
In an age when stories are told across a multitude of media and platforms, listening to stories continues to have enduring appeal to children. Exploring and promoting the power of audiobooks has never been more important. The pandemic and lockdowns of 2020 and 2021 have caused unprecedented disruption to schools, acutely impacting children and…
Descriptors: Story Telling, Audio Books, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology
Cappellini, Chiara; Hackett, Sian – National Literacy Trust, 2020
This report evaluates the impact of the National Literacy Trust's Early Words Together at Three programme in Leicester, which ran from September 2018 to December 2019. Early Words Together at Three trains school and nursery staff to help parents of three-year-olds to support their child's development. This programme enables parents to understand…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Foreign Countries, Family Environment, Low Income Groups
Cappellini, Chiara; Clark, Christina – National Literacy Trust, 2020
Small Talk is a behaviour change campaign designed by the National Literacy Trust in partnership with the Department for Education. The campaign encourages parents to engage in behaviours which are known to create a positive home learning environment (HLE). This evaluation highlights the need and the effect of the Small Talk behaviour change…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Program Evaluation, Program Effectiveness, Behavior Change
Crew, Melanie – National Literacy Trust, 2020
What happens at home in the early years of a child's life is not only key to their success in education, but their success in life. A positive early years home learning environment can predict higher levels of vocabulary, spelling and literacy in young children. The home learning environment has an influence on a child's intellectual and social…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, School Closing, Family Environment
Teravainen-Goff, Anne – National Literacy Trust, 2019
The National Literacy Trust's Annual Literacy Survey has provided essential data on literacy behaviours, attitudes and enjoyment levels for children and young people aged 9 to 18 since 2005. With over 56,000 children and young people taking part this year alone, it is the largest study of its kind anywhere in the world. In 2019, the Trust…
Descriptors: Young Children, Literature Appreciation, Writing Attitudes, Child Behavior
Clark, Christina – National Literacy Trust, 2018
England's Birmingham Education Partnership (BEP) commissioned the National Literacy Trust to conduct a survey at the start of a Strategic School Improvement Fund (SSIF) project to improve reading in primary schools in the city. The survey was based on a questionnaire used nationally to gather responses from nearly 50,000 children and young people…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reading Instruction, Elementary School Students, Student Attitudes
Wood, Clare; Vardy, Emma; Tarczynski-Bowles, Luisa – National Literacy Trust, 2015
Early Words Together is a National Literacy Trust programme that develops young children's communication, language and literacy through the support of families by peer volunteers. Over six weeks, the programme brings practitioners and volunteers together to enable target families to improve their home learning environment for children aged two to…
Descriptors: Young Children, Literacy Education, Family Programs, Peer Teaching
Clark, Christina – National Literacy Trust, 2013
This short report explores how many young people sit down with their family at mealtimes, how often they talk with their family when they do and the relationship between mealtime talk and young people's confidence in and attitudes towards communication skills. Using data from the latest annual survey of 34,910 children and young people, it shows…
Descriptors: Family Environment, Interpersonal Communication, Communication Skills, Attitude Measures
Clark, Christina; Picton, Irene – National Literacy Trust, 2012
Parents play a pivotal role in their children's education and literacy is one of the areas where parents have the relatively simple facilities, such as books or other reading materials, to become involved and to make a significant difference. In addition to reading with their children, parents can also show them that they value reading as a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mothers, Fathers, Literature Appreciation
Cole, Jennifer – National Literacy Trust, 2011
Parents are a child's first educator. A child's family and home environment has a strong impact on his/her language and literacy development and educational achievement. This impact is stronger during the child's early years but continues throughout their school years. Many background variables affect the impact of the family and home environment…
Descriptors: Parent Participation, Family Environment, Literature Reviews, Evidence
Clark, Christina; Poulton, Lizzie – National Literacy Trust, 2011
A recent ground-breaking study from the University of Nevada (Evans et al., 2010) found that the number of books in the home has as great an impact on children's attainment as parental education levels. The 20 year study by Evans and her colleagues found that having as few as 20 books in the home still has a significant impact on propelling a…
Descriptors: Ownership, Reading Achievement, Educational Attainment, Program Effectiveness
National Literacy Trust, 2010
Between March 2009 and March 2011, Talk To Your Baby has been engaged in a research project, under the title of Face to Face, to identify key messages for parents and carers in relation to communicating with babies and young children, and has examined the most effective ways to promote these messages to parents and carers. The Face to Face project…
Descriptors: Literacy, Language Acquisition, Research Projects, Child Rearing
Mottram, Emily; McCoy, Emily – National Literacy Trust, 2010
In the last three decades, several strands of research have produced compelling evidence justifying a focus on the family with a particular emphasis on early years in order to raise literacy standards. Partners in Literacy is an evidence-based model which is built on these key research findings, these are: (1) Families and parents are critical to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Models, Intervention, Family Characteristics
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