Research

Children and young people’s letter writing in 2021

Added 20 Oct 2021

This report of responses to our survey from early 2021 shows that children and young people’s letter writing was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with the key themes of connections, wellbeing, and advocacy/campaigning emerging from children and young people’s comments.

Key findings from the report include:

  • 1 in 4 (23.4%) of children and young people said that they had written a letter in the past month.
  • More girls than boys said that they had written a letter, as had younger children, compared with their older peers.
  • There was no difference by free school meal (FSM) uptake, with 24.2% of children and young people who received FSMs saying that they had written a letter in the past month, compared with 23.0% of those not receiving FSMs.
  • 1 in 5 children said that writing made them feel connected to the world.
  • We also found, for many children and young people:
    • Letter writing was an outlet for their creativity (66.1%).
    • Letter writing presented a way for children and young people to express their thoughts and feelings (57.3%), as well as their ideas and imagination (62.9%).
    • Nearly 1 in 4 (23.8%) of those who wrote letters also said that they wrote to support causes and issues that they cared about.