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Politicians never cease to surprise. As you correctly reported, at the launch of the Cambridge Primary Review Barry Sheerman MP described our report as "a treasure trove for the future" but also admitted that he hadn't had a chance to read it! ("Alexander hits out: 'No way has Coaker read my report', October 23).

So is it a "treasure trove" or "outdated" currency or even "Pandora's box"? There is no substitute for reading the real thing - and you don't need a crash course in synthetic phonics to do just that.

Professor Colin Richards, Contributing author to the Cambridge Primary Review, Spark Bridge, Cumbria.

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