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Prime minister Tony Blair has announced a ten-fold increase in summer literacy schools. ...
Prime minister Tony Blair has announced a ten-fold increase in summer literacy schools.

He hailed this summer's programme, which has been attended by 1,600 youngsters at 50 schools as a summer success story. He will announce that next year, there will be ten times more - 500 schools and 16,000 youngsters.

The government is currently in discussion with leading industrialists and companies to raise at least£1m from the private sector which will be matched by£4m from the government.

The PM said:

'I've always said that education would be our Number One priority, the passion of my government. I believe we are now turning that passion into action that will revolutionise standards at every level.

'The focus on education is not something that we plan for one term, one year, one parliament. It is here for good.'

Tony Blair met pupils of the Morpeth School in Tower Hamlets, east London, who had recently achieved success in their GCSES. He was keen to hear about what had helped them most in preparing for their exams. He told them:

'We need to encourage more schools to do what you have done here to motivate pupils and support them through supplementary teaching outside school hours.

'You are also setting a great example with the more elaborate weekend and longer study trips funded through your very successful business partnership with The Bankers Trust. This has included weekend residential courses at English universities, and even trips to New York paid for by the Bank.'


The Morpeth School has over 1,000 pupils aged between 11 and 16. In recent years, the school has improved its performance dramatically

through a mixture of supplementary teaching outside school hours and a business partnership with The Bankers Trust, an American Corporate Bank. Three years ago, 11 per cent of GCSE pubils gained five A-C passes or more. This year, it has gone up to 39%.

The Summer Literacy Schools offer each child 50 hours tuition during

the summer holidays. Education minister Stephen Byers announced the full list of this year's 50 Summer Literacy Schools on 29 June.

Local education authorities will be invited to bid for the money to fund 500 Summer Literacy Schools next year. The government funding includes a 50% contribution by LEAs.

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