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Primary Education: Literacy

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 11 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average reading age was of pupils aged (a) five, (b) six, (c) seven, (d) eight, (e) nine, (f) 10 and (g) 11 in primary schools in each of the last five years. (147847)

[holding answer 5 July 2007]: The requested information is not available. The Department does not collect data on the reading ages of individual pupils.

The Department does however; collect data on pupils' achievements in reading at the end of key stage 1 teacher assessments and at the end of the key stage 2 national curriculum tests. The target level at key stage 1 is level 2 in reading. At key stage 2 the target level in English is level 4. Key stage 2 pupils are assessed in both reading and writing to arrive at their overall level in the English test. In 2006, 84 per cent. of pupils achieved level 2 or above in reading and 83 per cent. of pupils achieved level 4 or above.

The Government commissioned the independent review of the teaching of early reading, led by Jim Rose, to find ways to raise standards in reading even further. The review recommended that all children should follow a programme of systematic phonics teaching, This recommendation has been implemented in the revised primary framework for teaching literacy, which was published last year.