Literacy: State of the Nation provides a coherent picture of literacy in the UK today.
Literacy: State of the Nation reveals that:
- One in six people in the UK struggle with literacy. This means their literacy is below the level expected of an eleven year old
- A quarter of young people do not recognise a link between reading and success
- Men and women with poor literacy are least likely to be in full-time employment at the age of thirty
- 73% of parents and carers say their child often reads
- The number of children achieving the expected levels for reading at age eleven increased from 78% in 1999 to 86% in 2009
- The number of children achieving the expected levels for writing at age eleven increased from 54% to 67% in 2006, but this figure plateaued and remained the same (67%) three years later in 2009