Reading is most important life skill

National Literacy Trust

A new poll has revealed that two thirds (74 per cent) of people believe that reading is the most important life skill a child can learn. 

The survey of 2,000 people ranked learning to read as more important than learning basic maths (52 per cent), how to manage finances (43 per cent), playing sport (nine per cent), and using electrical devices (seven per cent). 

However, although learning to read is deemed the most important thing we’ll ever do, thousands of children still do not have any books at home. Recent research conducted by revealed that one in 11 children in the UK have never owned a book.