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The Reading Lives of 8 to 11-year-olds 2005 – 2013

Added 08 Sep 2014 | Updated 23 Aug 17

Read about children aged eight to 11 and their enjoyment of reading, reading behaviour and attitudes towards reading. This report uses information from surveys we have conducted since 2005 but most heavily exploits data from our fourth annual literacy survey conducted in November/December 2013 in which 10,946 8 to 11-year-olds participated.

In addition, this report explores the link between reading, gender and socio-economic background (assessed by free school meal uptake) for this age group and how certain subgroups of pupils are potentially doubly disadvantaged.

It was commissioned by Save the Children. The research for this report has informed the publication “How reading can help children escape poverty” produced by the Read On. Get On. coalition. The Read On. Get On. campaign brings together teachers and other professionals, charities, business, publishers and local communities to argue for the historic goal of all children reading well by the age of 11 by 2025.

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