CPS responds to Progress in International Reading Literacy Study

Responding to the news that England has come fourth in the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study of 43 countries for reading proficiency, CPS Head of Education, Mark Lehain said:

‘The PIRLS results released today demonstrate once again the power of the literacy reforms pushed in recent years. That reading standards stayed so high despite Covid disruption is testament to the hard work of politicians, teachers and parents.

‘This, plus last summer’s SATs results, show that the work done to properly embed systematic synthetic phonics and wider reading at primary school is making a real impact.

‘It’s taken time to get to this point though, which makes it even more important that schools and families know what to expect in future in this and other areas of policy from the government and opposition parties.’



  • Mark Lehain is Head of Education at the Centre for Policy Studies.
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  • The Centre for Policy Studies is one of the oldest and most influential think tanks in Westminster. With a focus on taxation, economic growth, business, welfare, education, housing and green growth, its goal is to develop policies that widen enterprise, ownership and opportunity

Date Added: Tuesday 16th May 2023