Primary school kids are set to benefit from a reading and writing ‘blitz’ in new school year

A thousand teachers will get help from a team of experts touring the country to boost reading and writing skills. The Sun reports

Education Secretary Damian Hinds today reveals a phonics roadshow will tour the country to aid staff.

Teachers across 500 schools in England will try and drive pupils up the international literacy league tables. The latest figures show England’s nine and ten-year-old’s are ranked joint eighth out of 50 countries.

Mr Hinds will go on a fact-finding mission to Ireland which currently stands as the highest European country in the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study table.

Damian Hinds said “Championed by this government, phonics has already helped our children become better readers. 154,000 more six year olds are now on track to be fluent readers than in 2012 and in the latest PIRLS results – an international study of reading at primary school – England achieved its highest ever score.

Our phonics blitz will continue and we’re sending experts all over the country to give advice on phonics teaching to 500 schools and almost 1,000 teachers.”

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  1. Anonymous

    More gimmicks from another hopeless education secretary. When he claims more children are on track to become more effective readers what he means is more schools have become effective in ensuring children pass the Y1 phonics check.

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