They said ... Our pupils can't write their names

19th October 2007 at 01:00
Daily Express we say ...

Those glancing at this headline may not have realised it was referring to a report about five-year-olds. And how many of those could not write their name? Just 15 per cent - which is mildly concerning, until you remember that 13 per cent of pupils in primary schools do not even speak English as their first language.

It was not just the tabloids that got in a tizzy over the foundation stage profile. The Times began its article stating that 40 per cent of children struggled to write their names. Less inaccurate, though still not correct, was its assertion that 40 per cent had difficulty forming words such as "dog" - the report's figure was 35 per cent.

Inevitably, most papers overlooked the small rise in the proportion of five-year-olds progressing in social, emotional and communication skills.

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