Review of Cultural Education – Call for Evidence

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Education have launched an independent review, to be led by Darren Henley MD of Classic FM, to consider how all children can experience a high quality cultural education.

Darren Henley welcomes views from teachers, parents and pupils as well as individuals and organisations involved in delivering the whole spectrum of cultural education to young people in England.

You can respond to the call for evidence online at:

Secondary phonics

In its report ‘Removing barriers to literacy’ Ofsted concludes that secondary schools should continue with the systematic phonic teaching that primaries do so well. According to the report, many older students are falling behind with their literacy skills and this is attributed in part to a lack of post-primary phonics.

Other barriers include missing assessment data for year 7 students, insufficiently challenging targets being set, and, in some schools, a culture of poor behaviour. The report states that those from poorer backgrounds, and white British boys in particular, continue to generally underachieve in relation to their peers.

Ofsted: older pupils falter without phonics (TES)
Removing barriers to literacy (Ofsted report)