The number of 11-year-olds leaving primary school unable to read or write has reached half a million since Labour came to power, according to figures released today.
The government will reverse one of the most significant education policies of the Blair era, ending centralised control of schools and granting teachers more powers, it was revealed today.
The government's poor record on improving adult literacy and numeracy has been attacked by an influential group of MPs.
Labour backbencher Graham Stringer is attracting criticism after describing dyslexia as a "cruel fiction".
Nearly 25 percent of primary school students are not meeting the expected mathematics performance standard, according to a National Audit Office (NAO) report.
Around 20,000 trainee teachers have had to retake numeracy tests, according to figures released in a parliamentary answer.
Britain's failure to teach mathematics at both school and university level to a high standard has cost the economy £9 million, according to a report published today.
Despite a projected tight round of public spending, the chancellor is expected to make extra money available to tackle failing schools.
The number of 14-year-olds reaching an adequate level in maths has fallen while "slight improvements" have been seen in English and Science attainment.
The government has rejected claims primary school pupils are over-tested and hot-housed through an unproductive school system.
Social mobility in the UK has not improved since the 1970s, despite ten years of a Labour government, a report by the Sutton Trust finds today.
The UK can no longer claim to offer a world-class education system, a comparison of international achievement among 15-year-olds suggests.
A total of 240,000 primary school students are unable to meet benchmarks for reading, writing and arithmetic, a newspaper report claims.
The government has urged parents to enthuse children about books after a global comparison shows British schoolchildren are reading less than five years ago.
Seven-year-olds would sit a national reading test under the Conservatives' new proposals to boost literacy.
Private schools could abandon the "fashionable" national curriculum for a return to 1950s-style education.
Shadow schools secretary Michael Gove has called for a return to traditional methods of teaching children at state schools.
The level of basic skills among seven-year-olds has not noticeably improved in the past year, but the government insists high standards have been maintained.
The government has welcomed this year's key stage two results as the best-ever batch, showing progress in literacy and numeracy.
The government will continue to resist calls from teachers' unions to moderate its "obsession" with testing, following a statement from the new children and schools secretary Ed Balls that national tests and school league tables will not be scrapped.
The secondary school curriculum is to be radically relaxed in order to give teachers more freedom in the classroom.
The new schools and children secretary has spoken of his "honour and responsibility" at his promotion.
David Cameron has been forced to rebuke his backbench MPs, as the Conservative party threatens to fracture over the issue of grammar schools and the party's commitment to academic selection.
The education secretary today outlined proposals to require all young people to remain in education until their 18th birthday.