The centre works with teachers in schools and colleges, combining high quality research with continuing professional development (CPD) in its mission to improve standards of teaching and learning.

Much of the centre's work aims to involve teachers in practice-based research and to encourage practitioners to disseminate their work at international conferences and through publication for maximum impact.

The LRDC also works on funded research projects into the teaching of literacy from a variety of sources. It draws together a dynamic, proactive and responsive group of researchers who are ready to respond to external research opportunities and can offer clients a secure and capable base for providing research and development work of the highest quality. As such, the centre aims to use innovative methodologies to research literacy and, above all, to enhance the effectiveness of the teaching and learning of literacy in schools and colleges. The centre has links with hundreds of schools and colleges with which the Faculty of Education & Health already works in partnership, offering a base for research, consultancy, evaluation and professional development.

The centre explores all areas of the teaching of English and literacy across the education phases.

Rachel Gough, the Senior School Improvement Advisor for Kent LA, recommended the University of Greenwich team:

"We are very pleased to tell you that the local authority is linking with the University of Greenwich, which is a centre of excellence for literacy. These links will strengthen the development of a Kent strategy for literacy, and support schools by providing resources and training. Working with the University of Greenwich provides significant potential for improving literacy for Kent pupils."