He was starting work with us, given a standard contract, told to take it home to read it and bring it back next day to sign it.
He said he couldn’t read.
The contract was read to him. He was asked if he understood it, had any questions or concerns. He said yes and no.
He was asked if he was happy to sgin it or would he prefer to take it home to have his parents or someone else read it.
He said no, he didn’t need to take it home but he couldn’t sign it because he couldn’t write.
National Standards alone won’t ensure every school leaver can read, write and do maths adequately, but at least it will ensure that schools and parents know about it and give them time to do something about it long before those who are struggling leave school.