Thousands of children cannot cope with secondary education, watchdog study reveals.
London Schools are failing to instil their pupils with a lifelong love of reading, an education watchdog report said.
Part of the problem stems from teachers losing the art of reading stories aloud to children, a report from the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted) revealed.
It also said that tens of thousands of children who pass English tests for 11-year-olds cannot then cope with secondary education because primary school standards were "too low".
Ofsted urged ministers to set tougher targets because many who achieve the expected levels then fall behind at secondary school. Following visits to 268 primary and secondary schools, inspectors highlighted a list of poor practices including a failure to correct pupils' spelling and grammar mistakes.