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Children 'lacking basic literacy skills'

11th July 2011

The majority of children from poorer families lack basic reading and writing skills and are being held back in the classroom as a result, a new report has revealed.

UK-wide research carried out by the Education Endowment Fund (EEF), which will be officially launched tomorrow (July 12th), shows that three in five children from poor backgrounds are not reaching minimum standards in English SAT exams at 11 years old.

The data also revealed that the gap worsens once children reach secondary school, with fewer than one in five children from poorer backgrounds meeting the minimum standards for English language and literature.

Sir Peter Lampl, chairman of EEF, said it is a 'stark reminder' of the inequalities facing many poor pupils in the country.

Education secretary Michael Gove added: 'It is a scandal that the results of the poorest children in the weakest primary schools have actually worsened over the last three years.' 

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