“Reading by six: how the best schools do it”, a new report has been written by Ofsted
“ The best primary schools in England teach virtually every child to read, regardless of the social and economic circumstances of their neighbourhoods, the ethnicity of their pupils, the language spoken at home and most special educational needs or disabilities.
A sample of 12 of these schools finds that their success is based on a determination that every child will learn to read, together with a very rigorous and sequential approach to developing speaking and listening and teaching reading, writing and spelling through systematic phonics. This approach is applied with a high degree of consistency and sustained.” Read more
National Literacy Trust article: “Ofsted inspectors say literacy standards ‘fall short’”
“Too many children leave primary school unable to read or write well enough” reports Head of Ofsted Christine Gilbert.
Russel Hoby, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, says:
“Literacy is a fundamental skill and right. The overhelming majority of children reach good standards but we want every child to get there. More than that, we want every child to enjoy reading and writing.” Read more
Nursery World article: “Ofsted backs phonics teaching plan”
Phonics teaching in the 12 infant and primary schools highlighted in the Ofsted report, Reading by six: How the best schools do it, showed consistency, structure, fast pace, praise and reinforcement, Ofsted said. Read more