Interesting Fact – Literacy

On World Book Day I thought I would share some scary facts about the land of Shakespeare and Dickens. According to the OECD, young people in England have the lowest literacy levels in the developed world. (One term used is “functionally literate”, and around 16 per cent, or 5.1 million adults in England, can be […]

Interesting Fact – Books

A copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio has been discovered at a stately home on a Scottish Island, just in time for the 400th anniversary of his death. (The book contains 36 of the bard’s plays, and was published in 1623, seven years after his death.  It brought together the majority of his plays for the […]

How many books have you got?

According to reading charity Booktrust, half of British children spend more time in front of a TV or computer screen than they do reading. The good news is that a poll of 3,090 children and parents suggests reading has become more popular – and 96% of children say they enjoy it. But, one in 20 […]

English Literature Declining in School

More than a quarter of teenagers in England are not taking English literature GCSE, according to figures published by the Conservatives. About 37% of poorer students – those entitled to free school meals – did not sit the exam in 2008. But while the number fell at maintained schools, it rose at independent ones. Mary […]