Children’s and Young People’s Literacy and Numeracy Survey

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Would you like to know about your pupils’ literacy and numeracy behaviours and attitudes?

Literacy and numeracy are both basic skills needed in everyday life, yet little is known about the link between literacy and numeracy in primary and secondary schools. We are now conducting a study to explore these two in greater detail to help us make practical and policy recommendations about how teachers and the curriculum can boost numeracy by improving literacy, and vice versa - particularly for children who grow up in areas of disadvantage. And we need your help.

We launched an online survey in mid-May, which will be live until the end of the summer term, to look into pupils’ literacy and numeracy behaviour, attitudes and motivation. Participating schools will enter a prize draw for a chance to win a £100 voucher.

In addition, we are offering free standardised reading and maths assessments for selected number of schools to use to test their pupils’ skills. Schools that complete the survey and the assessments will receive a £100 voucher to recognise their time and effort.

All participating schools will also get their own individual school report that outlines your basic findings, which you can compare nationally once the national reports are published.

You could use your report to:

  • Inform your literacy and numeracy strategy
  • Give as supporting evidence to OFSTED
  • Review your current provision

How it works

We aim to survey children and young people aged 9 to 18, both male and female, from a variety of socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds.

Participating schools will need to provide pupils with access to a 30 minute online survey, and we will do the rest.