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Teaching reading goes 'back to basics'

Education Secretary Ruth Kelly today announced a major overhaul of the way young children are taught to read, using a so-called 'back to basics' teaching method.
A Government review of literacy education will back the teaching of reading through letter sounds - a system known as 'synthetic phonics'.

Ms Kelly confirmed that she would adopt in full the recommendations made in the interim report drawn up by former Ofsted director Jim Rose.

She said: 'I' ve asked Jim Rose to carry out this review because I' m determined to try and improve the teaching of reading in our schools.'