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LEAS TO GET INDIVIDUAL LITERACY TARGETS

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Education authorities in deprived areas could receive more support to improve literacy, school standards minister S...
Education authorities in deprived areas could receive more support to improve literacy, school standards minister Stephen Byers told BBC Radio Four's Today programme this morning.

Education authorities are to be given individual literacy targets and will be told that being in a poor area is no excuse for low achievement, Today reported. The national target is to have 80% of 11 year olds at the right literacy level, within the next five years. Education authorities already at this level will be set a higher target.

The lowest achieving authorities will have to raise their literacy rates from the current 40% to 70%, Today reported.

'Poverty will be no excuse for failure, but it will be a reason for targeted resources', Mr Byers told the programme. There will be new money for the government's literacy crusade, he said.
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