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Thousands of children behind targets by the age of seven

30/09/2011 Kelly
Figures released yesterday show that there is still work to be done by primary school teachers when it comes to raising the standards of literacy and numeracy.

Statistics published by the Department for Education (DfE) showed that the reading age of more than 83,000 seven-year-olds is only at the level predicted for five-year-olds.

Nearly 106,000 children aged seven cannot write to the level expected of them while more than 58,000 are not reaching mathematics targets.

Schools Minister Nick Gibb said: "These figures show that many children are doing well. But it is worrying that there are still so many who are behind just three years into their school careers."

The report claims that the last five years has seen a flat-lining in attainment levels.

A clear difference was noted in the figures between the performance of poor children and those from more affluent backgrounds.

While only 73 per cent of all pupils on free school meals were reading to their age standard, 88 per cent of those not on free school meals were achieving the target level.

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