Anything that improves teaching of such fundamental skills is, of course, welcome. And there now appears to be inspection evidence that the literacy strategy is achieving this - provided of course that better teaching is not being defined in a circular manner as that which is in line with the strategy.
The literacy strategy has undoubtedly helped to focus efforts on improving teaching and learning. The latest OFSTED evaluation further assists that. But it is dangerous to assume it provides the whole or only answer. Mr Woodhead's personal enthusiams may be justified, but so far there is nothing to prove that it is the strategy which has improved test results. Nor any explanation of why the literacy strategy is apparently less successful with boys, whose underperformance poses the greatest risk to the achievement of David Blunkett's famous targets.