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Teravainen-Goff, Anne; Clark, Christina; Brown, Ariadne – National Literacy Trust, 2023
This report highlights the enduring importance of our Young Readers Programme by providing children with impactful positive reading experiences as well as opportunities to choose and, crucially, keep books. This is particularly important for children from disadvantaged backgrounds, with over 1 in 4 children who receive free school meals telling us…
Descriptors: Reading Programs, Books, Disadvantaged, Lunch Programs
Brown, Ariadne; Teravainen-Goff, Anne; Clark, Christina – National Literacy Trust, 2023
Many employers bemoan a lack of communication skills relevant to the workplace in their workforce, particularly with their younger intake. This report shows that providing young people who aren't confident communicators with structured oracy and writing activities as well as real-world opportunities to practise those skills with business…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Communication Skills, Career Development, Career Readiness
Cole, Aimee; Teravainen-Goff, Anne; Clark, Christina – National Literacy Trust, 2022
Children's literacy development begins long before formal schooling, with parents and the home environment exerting important influences on the development of their children's language skills. A focus on the early years and the home learning environment of children is therefore crucial to ensure that they get the best possible foundation for their…
Descriptors: Language Skills, Young Children, Pandemics, COVID-19
Picton, Irene; Clark, Christina; Riad, Lara; Cole, Aimee – National Literacy Trust, 2022
Concern about the negative impact of the digital world on young people has increased in recent years (see, e.g., Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport [DCMS], 2021; United Nations, 2021). A growing body of research explores aspects of young people's online lives and mental wellbeing (see, e.g., Kandola et al., 2021, Kelly et al., 2018,…
Descriptors: Technological Literacy, Computer Mediated Communication, Well Being, Critical Literacy
Picton, Irene; Clark, Christina; Riad, Lara; Cole, Aimee – National Literacy Trust, 2022
Online environments are an integral part of the lives of many young people. Surveys indicate that almost half of 10 to 15-year-olds in England and Wales spend three or more hours online on a typical school day (Office for National Statistics [ONS], 2021). Concern about the negative impact of the digital world on young people has increased in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Youth, Literacy, Digital Literacy
Cole, Aimee; Brown, Ariadne; Clark, Christina; Picton, Irene – National Literacy Trust, 2022
The National Literacy Trust has been annually surveying children and young people about their reading enjoyment, attitudes and practices since 2005. More recently, the annual survey has also allowed researchers to explore children and young people's reading engagement before, during and after educational disruption relating to the COVID-19…
Descriptors: Children, Adolescents, Foreign Countries, Reading
Teravainen-Goff, Anne; Flynn, Michael; Riad, Lara; Cole, Aimee; Clark, Christina – National Literacy Trust, 2022
The UK continues to face a huge adult-literacy challenge, with a sizeable percentage of the UK adult population having very low literacy skills. In addition to highlighting the literacy challenge in the UK, this report shows these individuals experience negative impacts on personal relationships, wellbeing, health, and education, as well as a…
Descriptors: Adult Literacy, Risk, Literacy Education, Disadvantaged
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
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
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
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
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