Our academies celebrated World Book Day on Thursday 2 March to encourage more children to develop a love of reading for pleasure.
While reading saw attainment levels improve in 2022, the National Literacy Trust’s Annual Literacy Survey shows that the number of children who say they enjoy it is in serious decline.
Reading for pleasure is not just a ‘nice to have’, it is the single biggest indicator of a child’s future success – more than their family circumstances, their parents’ educational background or their income. However, reading for pleasure is at its lowest levels in 18 years; fewer than one in two (47.8%) children aged 8 to 18 said they enjoyed reading in 2022, the lowest level since 2005.
This year, the charity World Book Day has focused on a large number of initiatives and provided guidance to ensure anyone can take part and experience the joy and inspiration of reading, regardless of household income.
You can read more from World Book Day here.