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Children’s and Young People’s Reading in 2012

Added 11 Apr 2013 | Updated 09 Oct 17

Find out how much children and young people enjoyed reading in 2012. The report includes information on how often they read in their free time, what types of formats they read outside class, and what they thought about reading.

The report reveals that children and young people are reading less and more are embarrassed to be seen reading, while many also believe that their parents don’t care if they spend time reading. However, not only are children and young people reading less and developing more negative attitudes towards reading, but there is also a clear correlation between this and their performance in reading tests.

These findings are compared with those from the two previous years and are also broken down by gender, key stage, free school meal uptake and ethnic background. The relationship to writing attainment is also explored.

This report outlines findings about children’s and young people’s reading from our third annual literacy survey conducted in November/December 2012. 34,910 young people aged eight to 16 participated.

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