Today, 73 children in a hundred leave primary school at the expected standard for English and Maths, compared with 54 in a hundred in 1997. In other words, the proportion of children leaving primary school at the expected standard has risen from half to three quarters. At secondary school, performance has been even better, with 53% getting at least 5 good GCSEs compared with a shocking 22% in 1997- the performance of our secondary schools has more than doubled.
Our heads, staff and pupils are to be warmly congratulated for their achievements. This gives the lie to those who complain about 'lowering' levels of literacy, who should stop talking down our schools and concentrate on supporting them, not least with the resources they need to do their job.