Although many schools have been successful in improving standards over the last decade, the pace of improvement has now slowed. Over the past five years the proportion of 5-7 year olds achieving good levels of reading and writing skills has stopped rising, in both English and Welsh.
At the end of key stage 1, the gap between boys’ and girls’ performance is almost three times wider than in maths and science. The slow rate at which boys develop reading and writing skills is recognised as one of the contributory factors that lead to an even wider gender gap later on in learning.
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