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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
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
Best, Emily – National Literacy Trust, 2022
During the pandemic-related school closures and lockdowns of 2020 and 2021, listening to stories, whether through audiobooks or podcasts, was a lifeline for many children and adults (see Best & Clark, 2020 and Best, Clark, Perry & Riad, 2022). Around this time, the National Literacy Trust also began asking children and young people about…
Descriptors: Listening, Audio Books, Audio Equipment, Incidence
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
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
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
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
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
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