The National Literacy Trust has just launched an exciting new research report, Mental wellbeing, reading and writing, which shows how children and young people who read and write in their free time have significantly better mental wellbeing than their peers.
What’s more, the report found that nationally children who are the most engaged with reading and writing (i.e. those who enjoy it, do it daily and have positive attitudes towards it) are three times more likely to have higher levels of mental wellbeing than
children who don’t (39.4% vs 11.8%).
The National Literacy Trust and children’s mental health charity, Place2Be, have created special resources to support the launch of the research, which I am delighted to share with you.
Please find attached:
• Wellbeing and reading assembly plan for primary/secondary school
• Teacher notes to accompany assembly plan
• Happiness and wellbeing book list (includes titles for children and young adults dealing with issues such as friendships, family stress, happiness, grief, anxiety and mindfulness)
• Tips for parents: how literacy can benefit your child’s wellbeing
These resources and more information about the research report are also available at bradfordstories.org.uk