New research from the Literacy Trust shows that the amount of writing done by young people outside of school across the UK has fallen to a new low.
In 2014, more than a quarter of young people aged between eight and 18 (27.2 per cent) said they wrote daily (digitally or with pen and paper) when not at school. However, the most recent findings show this figure increasing to 28.1 per cent.
On the flipside of this statistic is the huge increase in daily reading by the same age group. In 2010, 29.1 per cent said they read daily outside of the classroom – but in 2015, this figure had increased to 43 per cent.
Director of the Literacy Trust, Jonathan Douglas, said of the report’s findings: “… Whilst the new curriculum focus on spelling and grammar and phonics is important, it must not come at the expense of encouraging writing for enjoyment by teaching the writing process and encouraging children to write for purpose and audience. We must seek to create a culture or community of writers within schools.”
Read more here from National Literacy Trust