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A SOLIHULL headteacher has hit back at claims by Ofsted’s chief inspector that literacy standards have stalled.

Ian Backhouse, of Castle Bromwich Junior School, said there was a tendency to focus on what was seen to be wrong - as opposed to success stories.

Ian Backhouse, of Castle Bromwich Junior School, said there was a tendency to focus on what was seen to be wrong - as opposed to success stories.

As Solihull’s representative for the National Association of Head Teachers, Mr Backhouse spoke to us about last week’s claims that British schools were falling behind.

“Blanket judgements are dangerous,” he said. “Many children make very good progress in reading including from very low starting points and with barriers to learning to overcome. Tests and inspections can take a narrow focus and can as a result give an unfair picture on children’s abilities.

“Schools across Solihull compare well nationally on reading standards. The main issue for a lot of schools is reading for pleasure and motivating children to read.”

Ofsted’s Sir Michael Wilshaw had claimed one in five children had not reached the expected literacy levels by the time they left primary school.

He went on to call for a “no excuses” culture to be introduced to classrooms, but his comments have drawn criticism from many teaching unions.

What do you think? Are we falling behind in literacy teaching? Write to 150, High Street, Solihull, B91 3SX or email solihull_news@mrn.co.uk

 

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