People applying for teaching jobs face a challenge to improve pupils reading with news that the reading standard of 15-year-olds in England is over a year behind that of their Shanghai counterparts.
According to a new study by the Department for Education, English pupils are also lagging behind teenagers in Finland and South Korea, the Guardian reports.
The analysis indicates that in order for a pupil in England who achieved eight GCSE C grades to achieve the same standards as a Shanghai pupil they would have to gain three As and five Bs.
Schools minister Nick Gibb told the newspaper: "The gulf between our 15-year-olds' reading abilities and those from other countries is stark – a gap that starts to open in the very first few years of a child's education."
He added that the government is focused on improving reading standards in the early years of primary school education in order to help eradicate the gap.
Government statistics published last month (September 29th) suggested that by the age of seven some 83,000 English pupils are only reading at the level of a five-year-old.
Posted by Tim Colman