Few young people write letters, survey reveals

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17th September 2015 12:45 - Education

A recent survey commissioned by the National Literacy Trust has revealed that writing letters is dying out amongst young people, with just one Few young people write letters, survey revealsin six teenagers admitting to writing letters outside of the classroom.

According to the study, young people are becoming increasingly less likely to write letters. Of the respondents, one in three children aged between eight and 11 said that they compose letters out of school, in comparison with 25 per cent of those aged between 11 and 14 and some 16 per cent of those aged between 14 to 16 said the same.

Director of the National Literacy Trust, Jonathan Douglas, said that the decreasing amount of children writing letters can be attributed to the pressures faced whilst in Key Stage 4.

Douglas said of the findings: "The pressures of Key Stage 4 are immensely significant. Teenagers are living in a very exciting, fast moving environment and fuelled by teenage emotions that they might find it difficult to find the time to sit down and write a letter. But it is heartening that young people at an early stage in life are still taking the time to write letters."

He added:“It is very interesting that our research into the writing habits of children and young people found that twice as many children and young people who write letters at least once a month write above the level expected for their age compared with those who do not write letters. Young letter writers are also more likely to write every day outside school which improves their literacy, enabling them to do better in class and throughout their lives.”

When looking at which gender were most likely to take the time to write letters, with just a third saying that they do so outside of school at least once per month, as opposed to just 25 per cent of boys.

The survey also discovered that nearly double to amount of children and teenagers who write letters at least once per month write to a higher standard than what’s expected for their age group, in comparison to those who don’t.

According to the findings, twice as many young people who write letters think that writing is fashionable compared with 28 per cent of those who don’t write letters. As well as this, children who take the time to compose letters are also more likely to believe that if they are a more skilled writer, they will get a better job in the future, than children who do not write letters.

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