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Primary school reforms

By David Herman  

There are many good things about the new primary school reforms announced in yesterday’s newspapers, but there is one central problem that I have not yet seen addressed and which is at the heart of the discussion of education in Britain today.

The reforms sensibly attempt to deal with the problem of the huge numbers of children who arrive at primary school unable to read, write or speak clear English. Clearly, we need a primary school system which guarantees that these children…

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