A new report on English teaching from the schools' inspectorate, Moving Forward
, says that seven out of ten state schools are good or better at teaching English. In other words, the vast majority of teachers are doing a great job at teaching English and it's a complete myth that are state schools are failing to teach our children basic literacy skills. The report says: "Around 70% of schools inspected in this survey were judged to be good or outstanding in English. This reflects the high profile the subject enjoys in schools, the emphasis placed on raising standards in English and the impact of substantial recent training and support."
The report goes on: "Since 2008, attainment in English has risen in secondary schools. There has also been improvement in the proportion of children who are secure in all aspects of communication, language and literacy at the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage."
The report is supportive of English teachers. The report says: "The quality of teaching was good or outstanding in seven in 10 of the lessons seen. In these lessons, teaching plans were clear about the key learning for pupils, teaching was flexible and responded to pupils’ needs as the lesson developed, and tasks were meaningful, giving pupils real audiences and contexts where possible."
"The curriculum for English was judged to be good or outstanding in the large majority of schools inspected. The most successful schools were those that had identified the particular needs of their pupils and then designed a distinctive curriculum to meet those needs."
The report does highlight some issues that need to be addressed -- there is some weak teaching which is to focused upon teaching to the test but this is hardly surprising given this government's (the last government's) obsession with testing and league tables. Overall though the report dispels the myths perpetrated by the likes of Michael Gove that our nation's English teachers are failing our children because they're not teaching them Dryden.