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ERIC Number: ED560664
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 66
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Children's and Young People's Reading in 2013: Findings from the 2013 National Literacy Trust's Annual Survey
Clark, Christina
National Literacy Trust
This report outlines findings about children's and young people's reading from our fourth annual literacy survey conducted in November/December 2013. 29,422 young people aged eight to 16 participated. Some of the key findings for 2013 include: (1) Levels of reading enjoyment have improved for the first time since 2005 (see Figure 2, p. 9); (2) 32.2% of young people read outside class every day, with another 28.3% reading a few times a week. However, a fifth of young people (20.2%) say that they rarely or never read outside class (see Table 8, p. 31); (3) Technology-based formats such as text messages (70.3%), websites (54.5%) and magazines (52.7%) are most commonly read outside class at least once a month (see Table 7 , pp. 28); (4) 6 in 10 children and young people (60.4%) say that they have a favourite book or story. Figure 1 highlights some of the most frequently named stories or books that children and young people in 2013; (5) Many young people think positively about reading (see Tables 13.1 to 13.10, pp. 40). 82.5% agree that "the more I read, the better I become", and 39.0% agree that "reading is cool"; (6) Young people who enjoy reading very much are nearly four times as likely to read above the level expected for their age compared with young people who do not enjoy reading at all; (7) The gap between boys and girls in terms of their enjoyment of reading continues to narrow; (8) Enjoyment of reading has increased slightly across all three key stages. The biggest increase was seen in KS3 pupils (aged 11 to 14), where levels of enjoyment increased by 4 percentage points from 45.5% to 49.5%; (9) Enjoyment levels have increased in both KS2 and KS4 boys in 2013; and (10) The gap in the enjoyment of reading between young people who receive free school meals and those who do not narrowed considerably between 2011 and 2012, decreasing from a 5.5 percentage point difference in 2011 to a 3 percentage point difference in 2012. Appended are: (1) An introduction to the annual literacy survey; (2) Methodology; and (3) Sample characteristics,
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Slaughter and May
Authoring Institution: National Literacy Trust (England)
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom