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ERIC Number: ED560634
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jul
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Talk at Mealtimes
Clark, Christina
National Literacy Trust
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 that that children and young people who sit down to eat dinner and talk with their family are more confident communicators than those who do not. There is a renewed focus on speaking and listening skills in primary schools from September 2014 as part of the Government's proposals for a revised National Curriculum. Data from this annual survey of 34,910 children and young people show that the majority of children and young people (87%) say that they sit down with their family at mealtimes; of those, 74.2% talk with their family daily when they do. However, 7.1% never or rarely talk with their family when having their meals. The findings in this short report show that families can play their part in giving their children a solid foundation in speaking and listening skills by taking simple steps like chatting together at mealtimes.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Slaughter and May
Authoring Institution: National Literacy Trust (England)
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom