The National Literacy Trust has published its annual report Children’s and Young People’s Reading Today. Many of the findings are depressing.
- Only 3 young people in 10 now read daily in their own time, down from 4 in 10 in 2005.
- Over a fifth rarely or never read in their own time.
- More than a quarter only read when they have to.
- 17% would be embarrassed if their friends saw them reading.
- Reading across all formats has gone down since 2005.
- Boys remain significantly less keen on reading than girls.
- Only a third of KS4 students enjoy reading, compared with nearly three quarters of KS2 pupils.
There is a clear link between reading outside of class and achievement. Young people who read outside of class daily are thirteen times more likely to read above the expected level for their age. Conversely, young people who do not enjoy reading at all are nearly ten times as likely to be reading below the expected level for their age than young people who enjoy reading very much.
This report highlights yet again the importance of reading promotion.