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Raising standards in literacy

15 Mar 2012

A new Ofsted report examining English teaching has found that while in many schools English teaching is effective and pupils make good progress, standards in English are not high enough and, since 2008, there has been no overall improvement in primary pupils’ learning.

Moving English forward is based on evidence from visits to more than 250 schools over the last three years. It emphasises that strong leadership is the key to good literacy in school. This means investing in and leading the professional development of staff in the systematic teaching of phonics; carefully tracking every pupil’s progress in literacy, especially at transition between the Key Stages; and structured intervention when pupils start to fall behind.

From September, Ofsted will prioritise for inspection schools with the lowest achievement levels in literacy. It will also reinforce and further embed its present inspection practice of hearing children read.

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