This new report by Professor Keith Topping looks into the reading habits of over 300,000 students in more than 1,600 UK schools. The report reveals that children prefer more challenging books but are often not stretched enough. While students in Year 3 (aged 7 and 8) are reading books with an average reading age of 8.8, almost a year above their actual age, Year 9 students (aged 13 and 14) are reading books with an average reading age of just 10, up to four years below their actual age. The report found that children’s books with a fantasy or adventure theme were most popular, as were book series and on-screen adaptations of books.
Leadership Briefing issue 7.09 (81)