Kevin Brennan MP, Labour’s Shadow Schools Minister, commenting on the Ofsted report on literacy and English teaching said:
“Michael Wilshaw is right to say we should renew our focus on ensuring children leave school with good literacy skills. Labour’s National Literacy Strategy saw English grades in primary school and GCSE increase year on year, but there are still too many children falling behind, particularly from poorer backgrounds.
“But the Tory-led Government is not making life easier for teachers or pupils though. By getting rid of schemes like one to one reading tuition, scrapping free books for infants and abolishing the Educational Maintenance Allowance, they are creating barriers to progress in reading and writing.”