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Schools in over 50 local authorities - from Devon to Durham - will today share in a£3m cash boost to help raise li...
Schools in over 50 local authorities - from Devon to Durham - will today share in a £3m cash boost to help raise literacy and numeracy standards in primary schools, schools minister Robin Squire announced today.

Mr Squire announced that 51 local authorities will receive two years of funding to train classroom assistants who help primary school teachers in teaching the three R's. He said:

'A good education begins with the basic skills of reading, writing and numeracy. Classroom assistants have been proven to play a valuable role in supporting primary school teachers in teaching the three R's.

'The training we are funding across the country will help provide better opportunities for those working as classroom assistants to extend their skills and gain recognition for their achievements.

'I am delighted by the enthusiasm that institutions are showing for this scheme. The response from local authorities shows that they share our commitment to achieving higher standards in our primary schools.'

-- The 51 successful LEAs are:

Barking and Dagenham Norfolk

Berkshire Northamptonshire

Bexley (with Greenwich) Northumberland

Birmingham North Yorkshire

Brent Nottinghamshire

Calderdale Oxfordshire

Cambridgeshire Rotherham

Cheshire Sefton

Cornwall Stockport

Croydon Stockton-on-Tees(with

Devon Middlesborough

Doncaster Hartlepool

Dorset Redcar/Cleveland)

Durham South Glocestershire

Ealing Suffolk

Essex Surrey

Gloucestershire Sutton (with Merton

Haringey (with Islington) and Kingston-upon-Thames

Hereford and Worcester

Hertfordshire Wakefield

Hillingdon Wandworth

Hounslow West Sussex

Kent Wirral

Lambeth York


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