‘There is a magic bullet in education, after all’

TES is reporting that pupils who can’t read well won’t succeed – in any subject. So make literacy your top priority, says Crispin Chatterton

“What is a school to do when 24 per cent of its students enter Year 7 with a reading age of 5?”

It’s a question faced by a school in Blackpool: one of the most challenging areas in the country. But it’s also a pertinent one for every teacher because there will be one or two children in most classes – the national average is 4 per cent – whose reading age will be below age 7.

Equip a student with excellent reading skills, and the subject literacy to understand the specifics of a discipline, and they will fly.

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