Just wanted to say thanks a mil for your responses (Surreymom, mummyto3 and plum)
It's nice to hear what others have done to overcoming challenges one may be facing as well. Thanks for the info on the schs as well.
Just got the Hadyn Richards Junior English 2 and love it's bite size comprehension passages which can be done before school and we can leave the more intense Bond till the weekend.
Also getting DS to choose books himself and making it a habit to read more together (anything to keep him interested!). I love the the suggestion about 20p per new vocab, that would definitely work with my DS as he is saving towards the new Chelsea shirt.
Got him to write about if he had 3 wishes what would they be and why? took a long while,but wrote a page, which is an improvement from someone who'd normally pencil 3 lines and say "I'm done".
I'll stick to the little but often and hopefully things should continue to improve.
Once again, many thanks!!!!!