Calls to encourage children’s writing enjoyment


The National Literacy Trust have published their annual literacy survey figures which have revealed that whilst there has been an increase in the numbers of children who enjoy writing, there are many who are still not keen on it.

The study also shows that those who like to write for pleasure achieve significantly better results in the subject in the classroom.


The study used data from over 30,000 pupils aged 8-18 who took part in the survey in November/December 2016.


The survey found that seven times as many children and young people who enjoy writing write above the expected level for their age compared with those who don’t enjoy writing.


The figures for those children who enjoy writing have increased in comparison to the previous year, from 44.8% in 2015 to 50.7% in 2016. The NLT adds that this is the highest level of writing enjoyment since they first started surveying children and young people in 2010.


With positive results in encouraging children to read for pleasure, this survey clearly shows that attention also needs to be focused on encouraging children and young people to write for fun.




Source: The National Literacy Trust


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