Reading by six: how the best schools do it – Ofsted

The best primary schools teach virtually all their children to read, regardless of their social and economic background, ethnicity, language spoken at home, special needs and disability – an Ofsted report launched today reveals.

Nationally, one in five children leaving primary school do not reach the standard expected for reading and writing. The report, Reading by six: how the best schools do it, highlights the good practice of 12 outstanding schools across England representing a diverse range of communities that show it is possible for all schools to achieve the highest standards.

Success in the 12 schools was based on a determination that every child will learn to read, together with a step by step approach to teaching reading, writing and spelling systematically through phonics.