Mental health hit as students’ literacy engagement declines

Both literacy engagement and mental wellbeing decline as pupils move out of primary school and through their secondary education, new research has found. Pete Henshaw reports

Levels of literacy engagement and mental wellbeing decline as children transition from primary to secondary school, new research has warned.

The finding has come in a report from the National Literacy Trust (NLT) showing a link between children who are most engaged with writing and reading in their free time and better mental wellbeing.

The research is based on surveys of 49,047 UK school children aged from 8 to 18 and finds that those engaged with writing and reading are likely to feel happier.

The impact on mental health is also seemingly more significant for boys as those who are engaged with reading and writing have higher levels of wellbeing than girls who are engaged.

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