Magazine article English Drama Media

Reading and Writing

Magazine article English Drama Media

Reading and Writing

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The National Literacy Trust and the Reading Agency are leading the National Year of Reading, which was officially launched at Downing St in January. National events in schools will run from April. For more information and resources see www.yearofreading.org.uk.

Meanwhile, Channel 4 ran a high-profile series of programmes about reading and literacy in its Lost for Words series in November. Its headline 'One in five children can't read' led to a valuable discussion of the concept of 'illiteracy' in the TES, which pointed out that in fact the statistic is based on the 2007 KS2 test in which 80% of 11-year-olds reached level 4 in English, the expected level, and 93% reached level 3, but that level 3 cannot be defined as signifying illiteracy, since students achieving level 3 must be able to 'read a range of texts fluently and accurately' and 'read independently, using strategies appropriate to establishing meaning'. The headline now reads "One in five children leave primary school unable to read properly. …

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