Research

Children’s and Young People’s Reading 2009: The importance of the home environment and family support

Added 02 Jun 2010


Read about what children said about their home literacy environment and parental support for reading in 2009.

Findings explore the types of resources young people have at home that support literacy, how this differs according to demographic background, and how they relate to reading enjoyment, attitudes and behaviour as well as reading attainment. We also explore who encourages them to read, who in the family is seen reading and how frequently young people talk about reading with their family. We also outline how these differ according to demographic background, and how each of these relate to reading enjoyment, attitudes and behaviour as well as reading attainment.

The findings are based on an online survey on young people’s attitudes towards reading and writing that we conducted in November and December 2009. 17,089 pupils aged 8 to 16 from 112 schools in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales participated. Attainment data were available for 4,503 of participating young people for reading.