My husband teaches 16-18 year olds in an FE college. He has to deliver key skills/functional (whatever you want to call them) in English and maths. He gets a lot of children who were not academically strong an dwho have gone through the whole sustem with very poor literacy and numeracy skills. He's currently studying for a degree in education and has to write a discursive essay about this particular topic (literacy/numeracy/key skills). He wants to know the reasons for the poor literacy and numeracy results we see in primary age children and which filtrate through their academic life. is the national curriculum to blame? Has it had an impact on the delivery/methods/ways of teaching maths and English? Is it the way the curriculum constantly changes? Is it due to poor parental input? He would like to hear about as many views as possible to try and get a clearer image of what's going on. Thank you for your help.