Philip Dunne MP has welcomed latest international figures which show a significant improvement in the reading ability of English pupils.
Following the introduction of teaching reading using phonics and the Phonics Screening Check for all six year olds, there has been a marked improvement in reading ability. In 2012, 58 per cent of six year olds passed the Phonics Screening Test. This year 81 per cent have reached their goal, rising to 92 per cent for seven year olds.
Mr Dunne said: “With standards falling nationally when the government came into office in 2010, there was a clear need to take action to ensure children in schools in Shropshire get the best possible start to their education.
By introducing phonics reforms, we have seen a dramatic improvement in school reading standards nationally. This international study of nine to ten-year-olds’ reading ability in 50 countries showed that England has risen to joint 8th place in 2016, thanks to a statistically significant rise in our average score. In 2011, England was ranked joint 10th.
So this is welcome progress, and improving standards will help more children in South Shropshire develop the skills they need to get the most from their education.”