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The BBC reports: The government wants to launch a national reading competition in England to encourage a love of books and boost children's literacy.

The contest, for seven- to 12-year-olds, is likely to focus on who can read the most books.

Schools Minister Nick Gibb said the aim was "to give a competitive spur to reluctant readers".

But teachers' unions accused the government of an over prescriptive approach to literacy lessons.

The government said the competition was intended to encourage reading for pleasure in children who had already mastered the basics.

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