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ERIC Number: ED645389
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2023-Nov
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
Children and Young People's Writing in Scotland in 2023
Christina Clark; Irene Picton; Katherine Wilkinson
National Literacy Trust
This report builds on National Literacy Trust's previous work to highlight how children and young people in Scotland felt about writing in early 2023. It explores how many enjoyed writing in their free time at home and at school, how often they wrote, what they were writing in their free time, and what motivated and inspired them to write. This report shows that just a third of children and young people aged 8 to 18 in Scotland enjoyed writing in their free time in early 2023, meaning that two in three children and young people did not enjoy writing in their free time. In addition, just 1 in 5 Scottish 8- to 18-year-olds reported writing something daily in their free time in 2023. The findings in this report suggest that providing opportunities to inspire writing may positively influence writing enjoyment and frequency. Coordinated action is needed to reconnect children and young people with the creative elements that transform writing into a pleasurable personal practice that supports self-expression, mental wellbeing and participation in civic life. [This report was co-produced with Scottish Book Trust.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Literacy Trust (United Kingdom)
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)
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