The number of primary school children saying they enjoy reading has reached record levels – but only a third of teenage boys like to pick up a book, research has found
Other findings from the survey of 42,406 pupils aged eight to 18 include:
:: Twice as many boys aged eight to 11 said they enjoyed reading compared with boys aged 14 to 16 (72.4% compared with 35.7%)
:: There is a similar but less dramatic fall among girls, with 82.8% of those aged eight to 11 taking pleasure in picking up a book compared with 53.3% in their late teens.
:: The gap between the reading age of pupils who enjoy books compared with classmates who dislike reading increases over time, with 10-year-olds having a reading age 1.3 years ahead of their peers, up to 3.3 years at the age of 14.
The report said: “While enjoyment levels had been rather stable between 2005 and 2012, they have been rising steadily since 2013, and in 2016 we recorded the highest percentage of reading enjoyment levels.”