Michael Gove outlines policy to raise reading standards
One in 11 boys in England - one in seven in some areas - starts secondary school with, at best, the reading skills of an average seven-year-old.
According to data obtained by the BBC's Today programme, 9% of 11-year-old boys fell well below expected standards.
But in Nottingham that proportion was 15% and the situation was only marginally better in Derby, Manchester, Rotherham and Telford.
The government is bringing in a reading check for six-year-olds.
Education Secretary Michael Gove spoke to BBC News Channel.
17 Dec 2010
- From the section Education & Family