27/08/2010 10:41 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

One In Five Seven-Year-Olds 'Struggle' To Spell

Shocking figures from Key Stage One assessments of 553,000 seven-year-olds in English primary schools have revealed that children's reading and writing abilities are at their worst in a decade.

Around 84,000 children - or one in six - failed to reach the expected levels in reading, whilst almost one in ten - 58,700 - failed to make the required standards in maths.

Writing skills were a particular concern, with one in five seven-year-olds - or nearly 105,000 pupils - failing to attain the writing standards expected of their age group. Many struggled to use capital letters and spell single-syllable words.

Schools Minister Nick Gibb said: 'In spite of the hard work of teachers and pupils, there are still too many seven-year-olds not reaching the expected level.

'We need to make sure that government gives schools the support they need to get the basics right. A solid foundation in reading, writing, maths and science in the early years of education is crucial to a child's success in later life.'

What do you think?
Is this the fault of our education system, or the simple fact that some children learn faster than others?
Are we putting our kids under too much pressure to reach 'standards'?