Reading standards in our schools are the best in over 15 years

Reading standards in England are the best in a generation, new international test results show. It is so important that all our children are able to read and today's results are a sign that our education system, despite the current issues with funding, which I have often said need to be addressed, is moving in the right direction in its fundamental purpose of better education our children.

In 2010, Conservatives in government changed the national curriculum to require schools to use phonics, where children are taught to read by learning individual sounds and then blending different sounds together into words.

Perhaps most importantly, today’s results – which are the country’s best since the study was introduced in 2001 and are a dramatic improvement on 2006 – show reading has improved for pupils from all backgrounds, but the low-performing are gaining most rapidly.