What Kids Are Reading 2018

Press/Media: Research

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Broadcast coverage:

·         BBC Radio Wales
Hyperlink – Good Morning Wales, 49.35 minutes in

·         BBC Radio Scotland
Hyperlink – Good Morning Scotland, 2 hours 51 minutes in

·         BBC Radio 5 Live
Hyperlink – The Emma Barnett Show, 47 minutes in

·         Today Program, BBC Radio 4
Hyperlink –54 minutes in

·         BBC World Service
Pre-record this morning, will send link when available

National Press (print):

·         GCSE pupils still prefer Potter to ‘difficult’ books – Daily Mail [p.23]

GCSE pupils are spurning challenging books and reading novels aimed at 13-year-olds instead. Children aged 11 were found to be reading one year under their chronological age.

·         Experts warn on teen reading – The Sun [p.26]
A new study has warned that kids aged 16 may not be able to tell the difference between 'real and fake news' as literacy levels amongst British teens begin to decline.

·         Your books turn teens into twits, David Walliams is told- Times [p21]
Bestselling children’s authors including David Walliams have been attacked by an academic for “feasting on royalties” and churning out books that do not challenge their fans.

·         Pupils' literacy levels too low – Daily Telegraph [p.1]
MANY 16-year-old pupils sitting their National exams have the reading ability of a 13-year-old or lower, according to a damning literacy study published today that has prompted intensified criticism of the SNP's decade-long education record.

·         The children leaving school with reading age of just 13– ScottishDaily Mail [p.8]
THE literacy crisis in Scottish education has deepened as research shows many schoolleavers have the reading age of 13-year-olds.

·         Glued to their phones day and night, is it any wonder children's reading skills are declining? – Scottish Daily Mail [p.19]
Pupils in Scotland's secondary schools do not read enough and they do not read sufficiently challenging books, a massive survey of youngsters in the British Isles has found.

·         Pupils' advances in reading lost at secondary level– i – [p.19] no link
Secondary-school pupils are lagging behind in literacy, with many GCSE students having a reading ability three years below their own age, a study has found.

·         Literacy levels suffer due to pupils' 'easy book' choices – Metro [p17, Scottish] no link
MANY 16-year-olds sitting National 4 and 5 exams have the reading ability of a 13-year-old or lower, a study into literacy has found.

National Press (online):

·         The Times - Your books turn teens into twits, David Walliams is told

·         The Times Education Supplement -  Many GCSE pupils have reading level of a 13-year-old

·         The Times Education Supplement – Harry Potter remains pupil’s favourite

·         The Guardian - Progress in reading stalls at secondary school. It should be a priority

·         The Sun - 'SIMPLE BOOKS' WORRY: Growing number of teens ‘reading books too simple for them’

·         Daily Telegraph - Set aside 15 minutes of dedicated reading time, secondary schools told

·         Daily Mail -  GCSE pupils are spurning challenging books and reading novels aimed at 13-year-olds including Harry Potter series

·         The i - Secondary school pupils up to three years behind in reading ability

·         The i Scotland - Scottish teenagers ‘lag behind’ in reading and choose easy books

·         Daily Express - ‘Deeply worrying’ Pupils aged 16 have reading age of only 13, experts warn

·         AOL - Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books'

·         Evening Times - Teenagers not reading challenging enough books, report finds

Trade Coverage:

·         TES - Many GCSE pupils have reading level of a 13-year-old

·         Schools Week - Set aside 15 minutes of dedicated reading time, secondary schools told

·         The Bookseller – Reading comprehension falls in secondary schools, study claims

·         The Conversation - Teenagers aren’t reading enough tough books – here’s why that matters

Regional Coverage  - Northern Ireland:

·         Belfast Telegraph -Schoolchildren in Northern Ireland not being challenged in their book reading

·         Belfast Newsletter - Some GCSE pupils have a reading age of 13, survey says

Regional Coverage – Scotland:
[N.B – not all links available for print press]

·         The Scotsman - Secondary school pupils choosing same novels as the under-12s

·         Scottish Daily Mail - Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books'

·         BBC Online - Secondary school pupils 'not reading challenging enough books'

·         STV - Scottish children 'not reading challenging enough books'

·         The Sun, Scotland – Experts warn on teen reading

·         The i Scotland - Older pupils left with low reading age, study finds

·         The Herald - Poor reading skills are sparking exam fears for secondary pupils

·         The Scotsman – Don’t be a literary wimp

·         Press & Journal - Fears over older pupils' books habits

·         Courier & Advertiser - Reading standards plummet as scots children reach high school

·         Gazette and Herald - Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books'

Regional Coverage – Wales:

·         South Wales Echo - 'Primary reading is at lower level than rest of UK'

·         Western Mail - GCSE pupils 'reading books better suited to 13-year-olds'

·         North Wales Chronicle - Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books'

 

Local Coverage:

·         Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books' (Web)
Tottenham Independent - 22/02/2018

·         Strikes to begin at Scottish universities in pensions dispute (Web)
Tottenham Independent - 22/02/2018

·         Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books' (Web)
Troon Times - 22/02/2018

·         Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books' (Web)
Warrington Guardian - 22/02/2018

·         Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books' (Web)
Watford Observer - 22/02/2018

·         Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books' (Web)
Wilmslow Guardian - 22/02/2018

·         Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books' (Web)
Wiltshire Gazette and Herald - 22/02/2018

·         Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books' (Web)
Windsor and Maidenhead Observer - 22/02/2018

·         Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books' (Web)
Winsford Guardian - 22/02/2018

·         Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books' (Web)
This is Lancashire - 22/02/2018

·         Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books' (Web)
Halesowen News - 22/02/2018

·         Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books' (Web)
Harwich and Manningtree Standard - 22/02/2018

·         Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books' (Web)
Hereford Times - 22/02/2018

·         Scottish teenagers 'lag behind' in reading and choose easy books (Web)
iNews - 22/02/2018

·         Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books' (Web)
Irvine Times - 22/02/2018

·         Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books' (Web)
Knutsford Guardian - 22/02/2018

·         Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books' (Web)
Leigh Journal - 22/02/2018

·         Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books' (Web)
Ludlow & Tenbury Wells Advertiser - 22/02/2018

·         Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books' (Web)
Maldon and Burnham Standard - 22/02/2018

·         Teenagers not reading challenging enough books, report finds (Web)
Messenger Newspapers - 22/02/2018

·         Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books' (Web)
News Shopper - 22/02/2018

·         Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books' (Web)
North Wales Chronicle - 22/02/2018

·         Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books' (Web)
North Wales Pioneer - 22/02/2018

·         Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books' (Web)
Oxford Times - 22/02/2018

·         Teenagers not reading challenging enough books, report finds (Web)
Oxford Times - 22/02/2018

·         Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books' (Web)
Redditch Advertiser - 22/02/2018

·         Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books' (Web)
Richmond and Twickenham Times - 22/02/2018

·         Teenagers not reading challenging enough books, report finds (Web)
Richmond and Twickenham Times - 22/02/2018

·         Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books' (Web)
Romsey Advertiser - 22/02/2018

·         Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books' (Web)
South West Farmer - 22/02/2018

·         Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books' (Web)
South West News - 22/02/2018

·         Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books' (Web)
Southend Standard - 22/02/2018

·         Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books' (Web)
St Helens Star - 22/02/2018

·         Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books' (Web)
Surrey Comet - 22/02/2018

·         Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books' (Web)
The Bury Times - 22/02/2018

·         Teenagers not reading challenging enough books, report finds (Web)
The Gazette - 22/02/2018

·         Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books' (Web)
The Kidderminster Shuttle - 22/02/2018

·         Teenagers not reading challenging enough books, report finds (Web)
The Oldham Times - 22/02/2018

·         Teenagers not reading challenging enough books, report finds (Web)
Bailiwick Express - 22/02/2018

·         Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books' (Web)
Barrhead News - 22/02/2018

·         Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books' (Web)
Barry & District News - 22/02/2018

·         Teenagers not reading challenging enough books, report finds (Web)
Barry & District News - 22/02/2018

·         Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books' (Web)
Basingstoke Gazette - 22/02/2018

·         Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books' (Web)
Bracknell News - 22/02/2018

·         Teenagers not reading challenging enough books, report finds (Web)
Bracknell News - 22/02/2018

·         Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books' (Web)
Bradford Telegraph and Argus - 22/02/2018

·         Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books' (Web)
Bridgwater Mercury - 22/02/2018

·         Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books' (Web)
Bromsgrove Advertiser - 22/02/2018

·         Teenagers not reading challenging enough books, report finds (Web)
Bromsgrove Advertiser - 22/02/2018

·         Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books' (Web)
BT Vision - 22/02/2018

·         Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books' (Web)
Chard Ilminster News - 22/02/2018

·         Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books' (Web)
Chelmsford Weekly News - 22/02/2018

·         Teenagers not reading challenging enough books, report finds (Web)
Chelmsford Weekly News - 22/02/2018

·         Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books' (Web)
Chorley Citizen - 22/02/2018

·         Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books' (Web)
Clydebank Post - 22/02/2018

·         Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books' (Web)
Cotswold Journal - 22/02/2018

·         Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books' (Web)
Croydon Guardian - 22/02/2018

·         Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books' (Web)
Daily Echo - 22/02/2018

·         Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books' (Web)
Darlington & Stockton Times - 22/02/2018

·         Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books' (Web)
Droitwich Spa Advertiser - 22/02/2018

·         Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books' (Web)
Dudley News - 22/02/2018

·         Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books' (Web)
East Lothian Courier - 22/02/2018

·         Teenagers not reading challenging enough books, report finds (Web)
East Lothian Courier - 22/02/2018

·         Older school pupils 'not reading challenging books' (Web)
Epsom Guardian - 22/02/2018

·         Teenagers not reading challenging enough books, report finds (Web)
Andover Advertiser - 22/02/2018

 

Period23 Feb 2018

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Media contributions

  • TitleWhat Kids Are Reading
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    Date23/02/18
    DescriptionAn analysis of almost a million children who read many millions of books, looking at difficulty and quality of comprehension
    PersonsKeith Topping