Education Secretary Michael Gove
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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
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