Is this the start of the end of the written word?

A study carried out of over 30,000 children and young people, aged between 8- 18 has revealed some significant results with regards to writing skills and preferences.

The study, carried out by the National Literacy Trust has shown that fewer children are writing something daily outside of the classroom, in comparison to the previous year.

Some of the key findings for 2015 have also highlighted a reduction in the numbers of children and young people who enjoy writing, in contrast to previous years’ figures.

Writing levels continue to be poles apart from reading levels, which has seen significant improvements over the past few years.

Technology based communications such as text messages, emails, and social networking messenger services are dominating the areas of writing outside of the classroom.

The trust has warned,

“This development could have a negative impact on school attainment, as children and young people who enjoy writing very much are seven times more likely to write above the level expected for their age, compared with those who do not enjoy writing at all (50.3% versus 7.2%). Similarly, students who write outside school daily are five times more likely to have levels of writing above those expected for their age, compared with those who never write outside the classroom (30.9% versus 5.8%).”

The Director of the National Literacy Trust, Jonathan Douglas, said:

“We are calling for a new focus on writing for enjoyment from both government and the education sector.”

He highlighted the success of the drive from schools, government policy and third sector initiatives to increase reading for enjoyment and has stressed the importance that a focus is now made also towards improving levels of enjoyment with writing.

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