Alistair Burt MP has welcomed yesterday’s announcement that reforms to the national curriculum have seen the best reading standards in England for over 15 years. 

In 2010 the Government announced that all schools would be required to use phonics to teach children to read and since then England has risen to joint 8th in the world for reading standards – improving the reading level of pupils from all backgrounds and closing the attainment gap. For NE Bedfordshire this means that more children are getting the skills they need to excel later in life. 

This follows official statistics, released last week, which show 18,116 children in NE Bedfordshire are now attending schools rated good or outstanding – an increase of 5418 since 2010. Nationally, the proportion of pupils meeting the expected standard in phonics has risen from just 58% in 2012 to 81% in 2017, with 92% of pupils reaching this standard by age seven. 

Alistair Burt has welcomed this latest confirmation of rising school standards: 

“This is great news for NE Bedfordshire as more children are gaining the skills they need to excel in later life and fulfil their potential. Standards in our schools are rising because of the hard work of teachers and changes the Government has made to the curriculum. These results show that we are making sure that every child in NE Bedfordshire gets the best start in life”.