Sir Oliver Heald welcomes England’s best ever reading results

North East Herts MP Sir Oliver Heald has welcomed the announcement that reforms to the national curriculum have seen the best reading standards in England for over 15 years.

In 2010 the Government announced that all schools would be required to use phonics to teach children to read and since then England has risen to joint 8th in the world for reading standards – improving the reading level of pupils from all backgrounds.

For North East Hertfordshire this means that more children are getting the skills they need to excel later in life.

This follows official statistics, released last week, which show 13,229 children in North East Hertfordshire are now attending schools rated good or outstanding – an increase of 2,577 since 2010.

Commenting, Sir Oliver said “It is great news for North East Hertfordshire that more children are achieving higher levels of reading. Standards in our schools are rising because of the changes the Conservatives have made to the curriculum and the hard work of teachers in my constituency. These results show that we are building a Britain fit for the future, and makes sure that every child in North East Hertfordshire gets the best start in life.”