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England 'falling behind' on literacy, Ofsted chief says

England is being overtaken by other leading nations because progress on literacy has stalled, Sir Michael Wilshaw has claimed.

Reading standards have not improved since 2005, Ofsted's chief inspector of schools told BBC Two's Newsnight.

Speaking ahead of a speech on Thursday, in which he will call for targets for 11-year-olds to be raised, he said: "Our standards should be higher."

Teaching unions say big improvements have been made in the past two decades.

Tim Reid reports.

  • 15 Mar 2012
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