This new Department for Education report showing Key Stage 1 attainment by pupil characteristics has revealed the need for a greater focus and emphasis on the teaching of reading and writing in primary schools. Almost one in five seven-year-olds in England did not reach government targets for literacy this year, although results improved overall. Boys did better in reading and writing than last year - but still scored lower than girls - with one in four not reaching the level expected. Children on free school meals and those with special educational needs continue to perform least well.
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