Many of the 650 secondary schools affiliated to the Technology Colleges Trust consistently report that up to 40 per cent of their Year 7 children are two years or more behind in reading skills. In some cases as many as a quarter of the intake have an average reading age of seven.
A child who cannot read cannot learn. Emphasis on raising literacy and numeracy in primary schools is a crucial prior condition for raising standards of achievement in GCSE examinations.
Sir Cyril Taylor Chair Technology Colleges Trust 37 Queen's Gate, London SW7