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.
-- The 51 successful LEAs are:
Barking and Dagenham Norfolk
Bexley (with Greenwich) Northumberland
Birmingham North Yorkshire
Durham South Glocestershire
Gloucestershire Sutton (with Merton
Haringey (with Islington) and Kingston-upon-Thames
Hereford and Worcester
Hounslow West Sussex