Boys are twice as likely to say they do not enjoy writing compared with girls, a British survey has shown.
Of the 35,000 eight to 16-year-olds spoken to by the National Literacy Trust, 20pc of boys said they did not enjoy writing at all.
Boys were also more likely to believe that there is no point to learning spelling and grammar if you can use a spellchecker.
Nearly a third of boys said they rarely or never wrote outside of the classroom, compared with 17pc of girls, and one in five boys said they'd be embarrassed if they were caught doing so by friends.
The report covered all types of writing including handwriting and using computers.
Mary Kelly, deputy director at Hibernia College, said: "It is important that teachers focus on topics that interest boys. These may be different to those that fascinate girls.
"Boys are often much more interested in writing non-fiction than girls."