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Clark, Christina; Best, Emily; Picton, Irene – National Literacy Trust, 2021
Listening to children's experiences of writing during the first lockdown in spring 2020, it became clear that for many it had been a time of increased creativity, with children writing everything from songs and stories to scripts, and some even beginning their own novels. Another prominent theme in the research last summer was that having more…
Descriptors: Children, Adolescents, Writing (Composition), Reflection
Best, Emily – National Literacy Trust, 2021
In an age when stories are told across a multitude of media and platforms, listening to stories continues to have enduring appeal to children. Exploring and promoting the power of audiobooks has never been more important. The pandemic and lockdowns of 2020 and 2021 have caused unprecedented disruption to schools, acutely impacting children and…
Descriptors: Story Telling, Audio Books, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology
Picton, Irene; Clark, Christina – National Literacy Trust, 2021
This report outlines findings from questions included in the National Literacy Trust's Annual Literacy Survey in early 2021 to explore children and young people's literacy-related interactions in relation to video game playing. The survey reached 42,502 children and young people aged 8 to 18 between January and mid-March 2021, during the third…
Descriptors: Children, Adolescents, Video Games, Literacy
Best, Emily; Clark, Christina – National Literacy Trust, 2021
Since March 2020, the National Literacy Trust (NLT) has explored the various benefits of audiobooks for children and young people, from building comprehension skills to sharing stories across generations. Time and again, two key themes have arisen: the power of audio to engage reluctant readers, and the role of audiobooks in promoting and…
Descriptors: Audio Books, Learner Engagement, Reading Instruction, Reading Skills
Teravainen-Goff, Anne; Clark, Christina; Little, Sabine – National Literacy Trust, 2021
The number of children and young people in England who speak languages other than English at home has grown in the past decade, increasing from 14.6% in 2011 to 19.3% in 2021. This has understandably sparked an interest in research around reading for multilingual pupils or those with English as an additional language (EAL). Given the apparent lack…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Bullying
Palmer-Crew, Melanie; Clark, Christina – National Literacy Trust, 2021
What happens in the early years of a child's life has a profound impact on the rest of their life. This significant and influential phase in visual, language and emotional development lays the foundation for lifelong health, learning and earning potential. In August 2021 National Literacy Trust commissioned Savanta ComRes to conduct a survey of…
Descriptors: Family Environment, Foreign Countries, Preschool Children, Parents as Teachers
Picton, Irene; Clark, Christina; Riad, Lara; Cole, Aimee – National Literacy Trust, 2021
The conversation around reluctant readers continues to focus on boys, with research, practice and policy exploring what could be done to (re)engage boys in reading (see National Literacy Trust, 2012; Department for Education, 2019; OECD, 2021). Girls who don't enjoy reading or who don't read in their free time are seldom the focus of interest,…
Descriptors: Females, Reading Attitudes, Gender Differences, Reading Motivation
Todd, Tessa Tyler – National Literacy Trust, 2021
Primary school libraries are a vital part of the education system. A well-resourced primary school library not only supports literacy levels but has a positive effect on the mental wellbeing of pupils. Despite their numerous benefits, there is currently no statutory requirement for primary schools to have a library and even before the COVID-19…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Elementary Schools, Futures (of Society), Library Services
Clark, Christina; Picton, Irene; Riad, Lara; Teravainen-Goff, Anne – National Literacy Trust, 2021
Research has shown that book ownership has a significant impact on life outcomes. In 2019, we found that that children who reported that they had a book of their own were not only more engaged with reading but also six times more likely to read above the level expected for their age than children who did not own a book (22% vs. 3.6%). We included…
Descriptors: Books, Ownership, Socioeconomic Status, Reading Attitudes
Clark, Christina; Picton, Irene – National Literacy Trust, 2021
The National Literacy Trust's research during the first national lockdown in spring 2020 showed that more children and young people said that they enjoyed reading and more read more often during lockdown compared with before the pandemic. Children and young people's comments suggested that this was because they suddenly had time to (re)engage with…
Descriptors: Children, Adolescents, Reading Motivation, Learner Engagement
Clark, Christina; Picton, Irene; Lant, Fay – National Literacy Trust, 2021
The National Literacy Trust's 2018 report on letter writing highlighted the enduring appeal of writing letters to connect people. Many children and young people also said that they write letters to make the person they are writing to happy. This has never been truer now. This report of responses to a survey from early 2021 shows that children and…
Descriptors: Children, Adolescents, Letters (Correspondence), Writing Skills
Teravainen-Goff, Anne – National Literacy Trust, 2021
To mark World Mental Health Day in 2020, the Bupa Foundation, in partnership with Cheltenham Festivals, the National Literacy Trust and Mind, launched Beyond Words -- a national creative writing project inviting all children, young people and schools to put their feelings about a year like no other into words. Children and young people were…
Descriptors: Well Being, Program Evaluation, Mental Health, Creative Writing
Best, Emily – National Literacy Trust, 2020
Audiobook listenership is growing with the increasing availability of devices, platforms and apps offering an ever-wider range of high quality titles. This literature review provides an overview of research exploring the role of audiobooks in supporting children's literacy both at home and in the classroom. It focuses on how positive engagement…
Descriptors: Audio Books, Literacy, Children, Foreign Countries
Clark, Christina; Picton, Irene – National Literacy Trust, 2020
This report outlines findings from the National Literacy Trust's tenth Annual Literacy Survey relating to children and young people's reading in 2020, in addition to findings from the Trust's survey of children and young people's reading during the COVID-19 lockdown. 58,346 children and young people aged 9 to 18 in the UK took part in the Annual…
Descriptors: Reading Habits, COVID-19, Pandemics, Disease Control
Clark, Christina; Teravainen-Goff, Anne – National Literacy Trust, 2020
This report outlines findings from our ninth Annual Literacy Survey relating to children and young people's reading. 56,906 children and young people aged nine to 18 in the UK participated in our survey between January to March 2019. For the first time we also had information from 3,748 children aged 5 to 8 who completed a similar survey designed…
Descriptors: Children, Adolescents, Reading, Foreign Countries
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