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Boys 'have a worse attitude to reading than girls'

19th August 2010

New research from the National Literacy Trust has highlighted the widening gap between boys and girls in reading and writing.

A survey of 17,089 young people by the charity found that girls read much more often than boys, with 39 per cent doing this every day compared to 28 per cent of boys.

Furthermore, only 43 per cent of boys said they enjoy reading, while 24 per cent believe the activity is boring. As for girls, 58 per cent reported enjoying reading and just 13 per cent claimed it is tiresome.

The research also showed that eight per cent of boys say they 'never' write, compared to four per cent of girls.

Jonathan Douglas, director of the National Literacy Trust, commented: 'We need to show boys that reading and writing are "cool" and are the first step on a promising career path and towards a successful life.'

The charity runs a number of schemes to encourage boys to enjoy books such as the Reading Champions initiative, which encourages boys to inspire their peers to love reading.
 

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