Reading confidence: Quiet places to read and peer support key, report finds

Pupils who are more confident with their reading have higher levels of wellbeing and lower levels of anxiety, research involving 80,000 young people has underlined.

The research also emphasises the importance of having a quiet space to read and how this links to how often pupils read and how much they enjoy it.

The study has been undertaken by ImpactEd and the National Literacy Trust (NLT) and considers when, how and why children and young people read and the impact it has on mental health. It is based on responses from learners aged 6 to 18.

When it comes to reading confidence, the report finds that female and male pupils have “approximately similar assessments of their own reading ability”. However, “female pupils are less confident when reading out loud and are more concerned about what other pupils think of their reading”.

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