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Govt considers primary school reading list

9th May 2011

The UK government is considering an overhaul of primary school English literature by providing reading lists for pupils.

Under the proposals, primary school teachers would be given a list akin to the set texts provided to secondary school pupils, but the controversial plans have been criticised by some authors.

Michael Rosen, author of bestselling We're Going On a Bear Hunt, said there is a risk of a 'totalitarian approach' to reading that may do more harm than good.

He told the Times Educational Supplement: 'I'm all in favour of people recommending books to each other. What I'm utterly against is some centralised list which is supposed to be the government's view or the state's view.'

Meanwhile, Alan Gibbons, whose novels include Street of Tall People and Under Pressure, said children need to be given books on the basis of their background and interests in order to encourage them to read.

Last year, education secretary Michael Gove heavily criticised literacy levels in the UK's primary schools, promising a comprehensive review of the way in which children's reading abilities are nurtured.

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