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Pupils in Northern Ireland and Scotland have highest reading level

School pupils in Northern Ireland and Scotland have the joint-highest level of reading comprehension among the home nations, according to a new literacy study
School pupils in Northern Ireland and Scotland have the joint-highest level of reading comprehension among the home nations, according to a new literacy study

By Douglas Barrie

School pupils in Northern Ireland and Scotland have the joint-highest level of reading comprehension among the home nations, according to a new literacy study.

However, Scottish pupils are also reading the easiest books, while pupils here are challenging themselves more with their book choice.

The annual What Kids Are Reading report is compiled by data from assessment provider Renaissance UK and was analysed by the University of Dundee.

Pupils in Northern Ireland are reading easier books than their Republic of Ireland peers, and with less comprehension, the report found.

However, Northern Ireland pupils quickly catch up with their peers in the Republic as these differences level out by the time they reach secondary school. The report suggested Northern Ireland could potential overtake the Republic if pupils read more challenging books at a younger age.

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