National Literacy Trust research has explored and identified links between children's literacy enagement and their wellbeing.
- Children said that reading (59%), writing (41.3%) and listening to audiobooks (31.8%) during lockdown made them feel better
- Children said that reading (32%) and writing (24.8%) during lockdown helped them when they felt sad because they couldn’t see their family and friends.
Our COVID-19 Research and Policy Observatory gathers research, insights and policy developments relating to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children's learning, literacy and wellbeing, with a particular focus on less advantaged children and young people.
However, in addition to the far-reaching influences of the pandemic, there are other life experiences that may negatively impact children's wellbeing. We know that schools and settings take a considered and serious approach to ensuring the wellbeing of the children they work with, building resilience, hope and self-efficacy.
How can we help?
Building on our research and embracing the five levers of the recovery curriculum, we have gathered resources and information to help you address challenges that may impact attendance, participation and children's sense of wellbeing.
The activities are designed to allow children and young people to reflect on their experiences, and build the understanding and bonds with others that will help them cope with a wide array of challenges.
They also provide opportunities to build on literacy skills and strengthen learning across reading, writing, speaking and listening.
Our easy-to-deliver transition activities make sure that reading for pleasure is place at the heart of welcoming children back to school.Learn more
Our research found a link between enjoyment of reading and writing and positive wellbeing. Explore ideas to nurture this connection for Children's Mental Health Week.Learn more
This Happy News project focuses on wellbeing and develops teamwork, speaking and listening skills and journalistic writing and reading skills.Download resource
Activities for introducing early years children to the concept of mindfulness, linked to the book Happy: A Children’s Book of Mindfulness.Download resource
Resources to support children's wellbeing and literacy developed in partnership with Place2Be.Learn more
Resources to support the delivery of early years sessions in an outside space. These activities are aimed at children aged two to five but can be adapted for other ages.Learn more
Partner resources for mental health and wellbeing
We work closely with partner organisations to help teachers and practitioners access sources of help for their own wellbeing, and to support the children they work with.
This report explores the link between children and young people’s mental wellbeing and their reading and writing enjoyment, attitudes and behaviours.Learn more
This report outlines findings from our tenth Annual Literacy Survey relating to children and young people’s reading in 2020, in addition to findings from our survey of...Read report
This report outlines findings from our tenth Annual Literacy Survey relating to children and young people’s writing in 2020, alongside findings from our survey of children...Read report