Reading levels among 8-11 year olds outside school is almost non-existent
A new survey carried out by the National Literacy Trust of almost 11,000 children has yielded some very concerning results. Only 40% of 8 – 11 year olds read daily outside the classroom and 12.5% rarely or never read outside of the school environment.
The report also highlight crucial and worrying social-economic divisions with 40% of children eligible for free school meals saying that they’re parents had no real interest if they were reading compared to 25% of those not of free school meals.
The Read On Get On campaign lead by the charity Save the Children has the main aim of ensuring all primary pupils leaving school can “read well” by 2025. Their definition of this is for all students to be able to read, understand and discuss books such as Harry Potter and Treasure Island which is the equivalent of the National Curriculum level 4b. Currently 40% of students eligible for free schools meals do not reach this level compared to 22% of those not on free school meals.