Research

Children and Young People's Literacy in Bradford 2015

Added 19 Apr 2016

More children enjoy reading, read daily and think positively about reading in Bradford in 2015 than in 2014. More children also write daily than did the year before.

Read more about literacy in Bradford after one year as a National Literacy Trust Hub in our detailed reports on reading, writing and communication skills. Findings are based on an online survey we conducted in October to December 2015. 1,172 pupils from seven schools within the Bradford local authority participated.  Most participants in the sample are KS3 pupils (N= 903), followed by KS2 (N= 130) and KS5 pupils (N= 126). The sample also included a few KS4 pupils (N= 13). 

Read about the degree to which children and young people enjoy writing and reading, how often they engage in writing and reading ,what types of material they write and read, and how they feel about reading and writing. We also explore attitudes towards communication skills, how confident they are in their communication skills and what they think is the most important skill to succeed in life.

Each report is divided into four main sections:

  • The first part outlines levels of reading enjoyment, reading frequency and attitudes towards reading in our Bradford sample as a whole and compares them to those found in regional and national samples.
  • The second part compares Key Stage 2 (KS2; aged 8 to 11) pupils’ reading in 2014 and 2015.
  • The third part outlines information about Key Stage 3 (KS3; aged 11 to 14) pupils’ reading in general and differences by gender, socioeconomic background and EAL background. Comparisons of KS3 data between 2014 and 2015 were not possible due the small number of respondents in this age group in 2014. This section also compares KS3 pupils in the Bradford sample and their peers in the governmental region of Yorkshire and Humber and the wider national sample.
  • Finally, the report outlines differences based on ethnic background, more specifically differences between free school meal (FSM) pupils and boys from White and Pakistani backgrounds. This section combines information from all pupils who took part in 2015.