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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
National Literacy Trust, 2022
Public libraries are a national reading service, supporting reading and literacy throughout life. As a free local resource, they are particularly powerful in supporting the development of literacy and reading skills in disadvantaged communities. Libraries have a unique and powerful role to play in raising literacy skills, vital for individuals and…
Descriptors: Public Libraries, Literacy, Achievement Gains, Pandemics
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
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 – 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; 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
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
Best, Emily; Clark, Christina; Picton, Irene – National Literacy Trust, 2020
Audiobooks have become increasingly popular in the digital age: streaming and subscription services, such as Audible and Spotify, have made audio stories available to a wide commercial audience, while apps like Libby and BorrowBox facilitate 'borrowing' of audiobooks from library services. With access easier and more widespread than ever, it is…
Descriptors: Electronic Publishing, Literacy Education, Reading Skills, Reading Attitudes
Picton, Irene; Clark, Christina – National Literacy Trust, 2020
In 2019, the authors conducted a survey of 4,626 young people aged 11 to 16 to explore young people's literacy-related interactions both within, and in relation to, video games. Given the suddenly changed environment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they were keen to capture any possible changes to young people's behaviours around video game playing…
Descriptors: Video Games, Literacy, COVID-19, Pandemics
Clark, Christina; Picton, Irene; Lant, Fay – National Literacy Trust, 2020
Children and young people's enjoyment of writing is at almost its lowest level in a decade. Although there has been some improvement since 2019, and a significant jump in the number of children writing daily outside school, there is still work to be done. Since the onset of the global pandemic and lockdown, there has been a blurring of the…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), COVID-19, Pandemics, School Closing
Crew, Melanie – National Literacy Trust, 2020
What happens at home in the early years of a child's life is not only key to their success in education, but their success in life. A positive early years home learning environment can predict higher levels of vocabulary, spelling and literacy in young children. The home learning environment has an influence on a child's intellectual and social…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, School Closing, Family Environment
Best, Emily; Clark, Christina – 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: Foreign Countries, Children, Adolescents, Age Groups