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Let them read a book, says teachers’ leader

[5 Nov 2014] A headteachers’ leader has argued in a blog post that pupils should spend an hour every school day reading a book. This, says Russell Hobby, would do more to improve their skills than ‘frantic coaching to the test’. There was too much focus on learning the technical side of reading, he said. ‘In the older years of primary school…children just don’t read enough. We should strip back the social engineering and the constant initiatives forced on schools and just spend time reading…If all you do is practise analysing different sentences then it becomes a chore rather than a pleasure.’

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