We conducted our latest Annual Literacy Survey between January and mid-March 2020. Given the changed environment this spring, we conducted another survey to explore children and young people's literacy behaviours during lockdown between April and May.
Insight from both surveys showed that more than a quarter (27.6%) of children and young people enjoyed reading more during the pandemic, while one third (34.5%) engaged in reading more often than they had done before. More children and young people also turned to creative writing and to listening to audiobooks. They reported that they were more likely to engage in these literary activities because they had more free time and because it supported their mental wellbeing.
We are now keen to continue to gain insight into how the pandemic and the cultural, social and policy changes that come with it are shaping children and young people’s literacy practices. We are therefore looking for schools to take part in this survey this October and November to see whether any of the gains or losses are sustained as children and young people return to school in one form or another.
All participating schools will receive their own individual school report outlining 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
If you would like to register for your pupils to take part in this survey, please complete the below expression of interest.