Out of the chaos comes hope - we are certainly in a chaotic time right now but our children offer the hope. Let's all work together rather than destroying each other and ensure that our workforce going forward is filled with highly educated, highly skilled and most importantly highly creative individuals that can really make a difference.
So, alongside this initiative let's keep driving reading every day. It doesn't matter who's doing the reading - parent or child - ideally both - let's make it happen. And if you have an hour to spare let's get more and more adults sharing their love of reading with children at their local school - every interaction will help.
Getting children to love reading and writing can prove to be a challenge, especially with television, films and games being it's most harsh competitors. Having some family reading time can be very powerful. If your child sees you replacing TV with books then they are more likely to be inspired to get excited about it too.
Maths - the number of times I hear "I'm no good at maths!", "I hate it", "I'm not a numbers person", "I always fail at maths". The strange thing is, it's often said with a smile, a shrug, an acceptance that it's normal, it's ok. In contrast you would hardly ever hear someone admit in public "I can't read", "I can't write" and if someone did I am confident it would not be said with a smile.
The 11+ has historically been the way of selecting those students most suited to an advanced academic stream. In many countries streaming in this way has proved to be highly successful, for example, Singapore and high profile gifted and talented programmes in the US. However there is often a lot of negative debate around the subject.