Explore Framework
News & Research
About
Contact

View our Privacy Notice.

 Back to organisations
National Literacy Trust

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

They run a programme called “Words for Work” designed for Key Stage 3 and post-16 students which challenges the inequality in employment opportunities for young people, giving them the communication skills they need to be successful in the workplace.

How did they use the Skills Builder Framework?

The National Literacy Trust has used the Framework on its Key Stage 3 Words for Work programme, to track students’ progress in five skills: Teamwork, Listening, Presenting, Aiming High and Staying Positive. Teachers have completed a baseline and end-of-programme assessment on these five skills for the students taking part in the programme.  

What's been the impact of using the Framework?

The National Literacy Trust has found the teacher skills assessment using the Framework a useful way to see if the programme is working. It allows them to see if Words for Work is having the desired impact on young people’s essential skills.

How do they plan to use the Framework in the future?

The National Literacy Trust is keen to continue using the Framework in the Key Stage 3 Words for Work programme and to start using the Framework in the post-16 programme in order to track the skill progress of the students taking part.

I think for us, capturing data around soft skills in young people, specifically employability, can be quite difficult. So it was a solution for us to be able to do that.

Billie Dunne, Words for Work Programme Manager

“…you know the programme is working and the people that we are targeting are really benefitting from it in the way that we want them to.

Billie Dunne, Words for Work Programme Manager

As an organisation we invest really heavily in the research and evaluation of our programmes in order to accurately assess their impact. I liked the fact that the tool gave us a solution to targeting the specific qualities that we wanted to look at.

Billie Dunne, Words for Work Programme Manager