The number of children writing outside school is dropping, a new survey shows

Only one in five children writes daily outside school – a significant drop from the one child in four who wrote daily two years ago.

And more than a quarter of children say that they rarely or never write something that is not for school, according to a survey of more than 32,000 primary and secondary pupils.

Fewer than half – 44.8 per cent – of the pupils said that they enjoyed writing. This was a considerable drop from the 49.3 per cent who said the same thing in 2014.

Boys were considerably more apathetic about writing than girls. While 50.3 per cent of girls said that they enjoyed writing, only 36.8 per cent of boys did.

The National Literacy Trust, which commissioned the survey, expressed concern that this decline in the enjoyment and practice of writing could have a significant impact on children’s attainment.

The Trust said that children who enjoy writing were seven times more likely to exceed the expected level for their age than those who did not enjoy writing at all.

And children who write outside school are five times more likely to write above the expected level for their age than those who write only in the classroom.

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