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Boys' Reading 2012: A review of existing research

Added 25 Jul 2013 | Updated 04 Oct 17

Read our review on boys and reading. It was prepared to inform the Commission’s initial discussions and guide them in their subsequent investigation and evidence gathering.

 It sets out evidence for the following three main areas of the Commission’s remit:

  • The scale of the problem: areas in which boys are struggling, emerging trends for the UK
  • Why boys are falling behind: the impact of boys’ attitudes towards literacy and their reading behaviours
  • Successful approaches: examples of how boys’ literacy has been effectively supported

 The evidence comes from three sources: the views of practitioners from a survey of 226 UK schools on the issue; the academic and policy perspectives from secondary sources; and the views of young people from National Literacy Trust’s surveys of young people themselves - with the latter forming the backbone of this paper.

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