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WORRIES OVER FALLING STANDARDS IN LITERACY

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Children on the threshold of entering secondary education are increasingly less able in reading, writing, comprehen...
Children on the threshold of entering secondary education are increasingly less able in reading, writing, comprehension and spelling, according to a report by the Secondary Heads Association, writes The Daily Telegraph (p1).

The report, published yesterday, suggests that generally speaking new pupils in two out of three comprehensives are six months behind in their education. The decline in ability was also present in independent schools, and many heads perceived that the behaviour of 11-year-olds had deteriorated.

John Sutton, general secretary of the SHA, described the findings as shocking and called for a 'blitz on literacy' in primary schools, writes the Daily Telegraph. Some heads, on the other hand, felt that the overloaded national curriculum for primary schools was to blame for the decline.
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