Children's participation in reading & writing activities in England 2008-2019, by age

This statistic shows the share of children who participated in reading and writing activities in the last year in England, according to annual surveys conducted between 2008/09 and 2018/19. Over this period, levels of involvement in reading and writing activities has remained fairly constant. In 2018/19, around 84 percent of children aged 5-10 years took part in reading and writing activities.

Share of children who participated in reading and writing activities in the last year in England from 2008/09 to 2018/19, by age

5-10 years11-15 years
2018/1983.7%81.2%
2017/1883.2%87.8%
2016/1785.6%89.3%
2015/1686.9%93.5%
2014/1583.9%92.2%
2013/1485.6%92.5%
2012/1389%95.7%
2011/1290.2%94.6%
2010/1190.5%91.9%
2009/1088.1%94%
2008/0987.7%93.6%
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Sources

Release date

September 2019

Region

United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

2008/09 to 2018/19**

Number of respondents

1,644*

Age group

5-15 years

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

* Base for 2018/19: 5-10 year olds: n= 999; 11-15 year olds: n= 645.
2017/18 5-10 year olds: n=909; 11-15 year olds: n= 671
2016/17: 5-10 year olds: n= 967; 11-15 year olds: n= 638.
2015/16: 5-10 year olds: n= 1096; 11-15 year olds: n= 684
2014/15: 5-10 year olds: n= 1,104; 10-15 year olds: n= 721.
2013/14: 5-10 year olds: n= 1233; 10-15 year olds n=786.
2012/13: 5-10 year olds: n= 1136; 10-15 year olds n=801.
2011/12: 5-10 year olds: n= 1040; 10-15 year olds n=771.
2010/11: 5-10 year olds: n= 1590; 10-15 year olds n=1116.
2009/10: 5-10 year olds: n= 1809; 10-15 year olds n=1350.
2008/09: 5-10 year olds: n= 1476; 10-15 year olds n=1146.

** Survey periods run April to March.

The source provides the following additional information: "Data for 5-10 year olds relates to out of school activities only. Data for 11-15 years olds relates to activities undertaken both in and out of school."

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