Each year NRDC publishes a report of our progress. At the end of March 2005 we completed the first three years of our contract with the Department for Education and Skills (DfES). Several major projects have been completed and other studies, still underway, are reporting interim findings. So this year, we are taking a different approach to our ‘annual report’, offering a synthesis of messages and findings accumulating from across all five NRDC programmes. We will also tell you about progress in engaging practitioners and stakeholders and how we are communicating our work. Communication is vital to make sure our research and development activities inform policy and make a strong contribution to efforts to improving literacy, language and numeracy (LLN) practice across the country.