Reading pause for mid-juniors;Letter

21st May 1999 at 01:00
We write to correct some inaccuracies in the article "Poor readers fall in jump to secondary" (TES, May 7).

The quoted figure of 45 per cent of pupils failing to make further progress referred to transfer from Year 4 to Year 5. It would be more accurate to describe the situation as a hiatus rather than a decline in reading performance.

Only 7 per cent of Year 7 pupils had serious problems and it is for this small group that we argued special teaching was necessary.

The final paragraph also attributes a previous report on changes in primary schools to ourselves. This work was carried out by Maurice Galton, with Linda Hargreaves and former colleagues at Leicester University, The research we have done does not suggest that more testing at key stage 3 would solve the problem of dips in pupil performance.

Maurice Galton, Jean Rudduck, Homerton College, Cambridge

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