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Reading 'needs to be at the heart of curriculum'

15th November 2010

Too many children in the UK are leaving primary school unable to read and write at the required level, a new report from Ofsted has claimed.

The watchdog's Reading By Six: How The Best Schools Do It study pointed out that one in five children fail to reach the expected standard of reading and writing when they finish primary school.

Christine Gilbert, Her Majesty's chief inspector and head of Ofsted, commented: 'Despite some major initiatives in recent years to raise standards in reading and writing, the levels achieved by many children at the end of primary school fall stubbornly short of what is achievable.'

She also called for reading to be placed at the heart of school curriculums and said that teachers need to be well trained and led if they are to deliver a good education to children.

Earlier this year, research from the National Literacy Trust highlighted the widening gap between reading standards among boys and girls.

The study found that 39 per cent of girls read every day compared to just 28 per cent of boys.
 

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