Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

BLAIR ANNOUNCES MASSIVE EXPANSION IN SUMMER LITERACY SCHOOLS

  • Comment
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.'

NOTES

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.

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.