Time to build on literacy hour

26th March 2004 at 00:00
Your headline ("Minister admits to too much literacy", TES, March 19) was a distortion of the points I made. You imply that I am critical of the National Literacy Strategy, but this is far from true, I am proud of what has been achieved in schools.

The strategy has transformed the quality of teaching in English and dramatically improved standards. The 2003 key stage 2 test results show that we have maintained world-class standards - overall, 75 per cent of pupils achieved level 4 or above in English (up 10 percentage points since 1998).

What I said was that now was the time to build on this excellent work and to support schools across the curriculum, offering teachers more control and flexibility to impart their enthusiasm and provide children with the opportunity they deserve to fulfil their potential.

This vision is for a sector where high standards are obtained through a rich, varied and exciting curriculum - one which will continue to have literacy and numeracy at its heart.

Stephen Twigg MP Minister for schools Department for Education and Skills

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today