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We must pull together for deprived children

This week is the first week of the school break. It's a time for a holiday, time to play sport, time to take part in new challenges. But research has shown that disadvantaged children are more likely to fall behind their peers during this long summer holiday.

Flaws in plans for a reading test

The education white paper proposes a "light-touch, phonics-based check" to test the reading of all Year 1 pupils. The test will be based on words like "street" and "cat", and some non-words like "flape". Michael Gove says it will be "impossible" for schools to drill pupils to pass the test, which will be a "true gauge" of a child"s reading skills. Let's unpack all that and see what it means.

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