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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
National Literacy Trust, 2023
In early 2023, 85.6% of parents reported being worried about the cost-of-living crisis, and, as a consequence, they cut back on energy, food, gas and electricity. While parents recognised the many benefits of reading for their children's learning and well-being, household budgets were under pressure: 1 in 5 (20.0%) were buying fewer books for…
Descriptors: Economic Factors, Books, Costs, Parent Attitudes
Christina Clark; Irene Picton; Jessie Ricketts – National Literacy Trust, 2023
Historically, reading has been emphasised more in primary than secondary education, with initiatives to support reading typically falling away as children move up the school system. Recent evidence shows high levels of reading need alongside minimal reading activity in secondary school students. Therefore, there is a pressing need to promote…
Descriptors: Reading, Secondary School Students, Foreign Countries, Reading Skills
Aimee Cole; Christina Clark; Anne Teravainen-Goff – National Literacy Trust, 2023
The value of school libraries is well-established, with reviews and studies worldwide highlighting the impact on children and young people's academic achievement and literacy outcomes. Yet, it is still not a statutory requirement for schools to have a school library or school library system. As such, there are no official figures as to the number…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary Secondary Education, School Libraries, Professional Personnel
Irene Picton; Christina Clark; Katherine Wilkinson – National Literacy Trust, 2023
This report looks at the reading engagement of children aged 8 to 18 in Scotland, based on data gathered from 1,141 pupils across eight schools in 2023. The survey was conducted between January and the middle of March 2023. Slightly more girls (58.8%; n = 635) than boys (41.2%; n = 445) participated from Scotland. There is also data from 33…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Literacy, Recreational Reading, Reading Motivation
Christina Clark; Irene Picton; Katherine Wilkinson – National Literacy Trust, 2023
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…
Descriptors: Literacy, Writing Attitudes, Educational Environment, Leisure Time