Literacy APPG

First Registered: 30/07/2015 • Last updated on: 14/07/2021

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To champion the fight to improve public understanding of the vital importance and impact of literacy and to ensure parliamentary knowledge and support for the latest research, policy and best practice in the field of literacy.

Note: All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) are informal, cross-party groups formed by MPs and Members of the House of Lords who share a common interest in a particular policy area, region or country. APPGs have no official status within Parliament.

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Recent Documents related to Literacy

1. Online Media Literacy Strategy
14/07/2021 - Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
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Found: excellent work they are doing to improve media literacy across the UK. By providing support and direction

2. Online Media Literacy Strategy
14/07/2021 - Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
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Found: Policy paper Online Media Literacy Strategy This strategy and accompanying

3. National Literacy Trust - written evidence
27/06/2018 - Inquiry: Life chances - Education Committee
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Found: evidence - National Literacy TrustLIF0041Written evidence submitted by the National Literacy Trust  Introduction:

4. Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium: 2019 to 2020
25/02/2020 - Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA)
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Found: Guidance Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium: 2019 to 2020 Conditions

5. Democracy and Digital Technologies
02/02/2020 - Inquiry: Democracy and Digital Technologies - Democracy and Digital Technologies Committee
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Found: (DAD0072) NewsWise is a cross-curricular news literacy project for 9-11 year olds in the UK, run by the

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Recent Speeches related to Literacy

1. Publication of the Online Media Literacy Strategy
14/07/2021 - Written Statements

1: Government are today publishing our “Online Media Literacy Strategy”. This strategy is a complementary measure - Speech Link

2. Sound Reading System and Literacy
14/06/2018 - Commons Chamber

1: system and describe its promise for improving literacy. The sound reading system was developed in my - Speech Link

3. Cairncross Review
06/02/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: commitment from the Government to support media literacy is hugely welcome. The ability to identify the - Speech Link
2: life and death. We urgently need a national media literacy campaign, like that in Finland, and credible government - Speech Link
3: welcome the initiative to develop an online media literacy strategy and that the Government accept that social - Speech Link

4. Literacy in the Workforce
25/04/2017 - Lords Chamber

1: prospects. That is why we have taken steps to improve literacy standards for people in the workforce by embedding - Speech Link
2: but 9 million adults in England suffer from poor literacy and would struggle to send a simple email or fill - Speech Link

5. Religious Literacy
09/02/2017 - Lords Chamber

1: the impact of policies and to improve religious literacy in government. The Home Secretary and the Communities - Speech Link
2: faiths. That suggests something about the religious literacy there. Does the Minister agree that democracy - Speech Link
3: included. As for the understanding of religious literacy within both government and wider society, both - Speech Link

Latest Speeches
Recent Questions related to Literacy
1. Literacy
asked by: Baroness Rebuck
... and (3) what steps they are taking to ensure that adequate funding is available for that programme.

2. Literacy
asked by: Baroness Rebuck
... and (2) for one-to-one tutoring for those in greatest need returning to school after the COVID-19 lockdown.

3. Literacy
asked by: Scott Benton
... what steps he is taking to encourage people to take part in adult literacy programmes in (a) Blackpool and (b) England.

4. Literacy
asked by: Jeremy Hunt
... (b) at OECD literacy level 1 and (c) at OECD literacy level 2 in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

5. Literacy
asked by: Lord Bird
... to increase literacy levels in England

Latest Questions
4 Current APPG Officers
Contact Details

Registered Contact:

Christian Wakeford MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Tel: 020 7219 6437.


Public Enquiry Point:

Tessa Tyler Todd, National Literacy Trust, 68 South Lambeth Road, London SW8 1RL. Tel: 020 7587 1842



National Literacy Trust acts as the group's secretariat.

Group's Website:

Benefits in Kind
19 Jan 2021
National Literacy Trust
Secretariat   From : 19/01/2021 To : 18/01/2022
12 Sep 2018
National Literacy Trust
Secretariat   From : 12/09/2018 To : 11/09/2019
12 Sep 2017
National Literacy Trust
Secretariat   From : 12/09/2017 To : 11/09/2018

No direct financial benefits are on record for the Literacy APPG

Former APPG Officers
Stephen Twigg Portrait
Stephen Twigg
Vice Chair
Labour (Co-op) - Former Member for Liverpool, West Derby
Joined: 30th July 2015
Departed: 5th November 2019
No other APPG Memberships
Simon Clarke Portrait
Simon Clarke
Conservative - Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland
Joined: 2nd January 2019
Departed: 5th November 2019
No other APPG Memberships
Lord Gilbert of Panteg Portrait
Lord Gilbert of Panteg
Conservative - Life peer
Joined: 28th September 2017
Departed: 21st November 2018
Stephen McPartland Portrait
Stephen McPartland
Chair & Registered Contact
Conservative - Stevenage
Joined: 30th July 2015
Departed: 2nd May 2017