Pupils’ reading ages ‘plummet in secondary school’

Too few secondary school pupils are reading challenging enough books, causing their reading ages to plummet after leaving primary school, new research suggests.


A study of school pupils’ reading habits across the UK reveals that primary school children are more likely to push themselves to read more challenging books than those in secondary school.


An academic from the University of Dundee studied the book choices of nearly 850,000 children and found that by the end of primary education children typically have a “reading age” that matches their own age.

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