Research

Children's and Young People's Writing in 2014

Added 05 Oct 2015

Children and young people enjoy writing significantly less than reading in 2014. Compared with daily reading, daily writing levels have also remained static over the past five years.

We also find that children do not enjoy writing as much as they get older and do so less frequently. Boys and girls also differ hugely in terms of how much they enjoy writing and how often they write something in their free time. More girls also write across a much larger range of formats outside class than boys. 

These findings are based on our fifth annual literacy survey, which we conducted in November/December 2014. 32,026 children and young people aged 8 to 18 participated.

Finding are broken down by sociodemographic information and are linked to writing attainment data (available for nearly 13,000 of participating pupils).