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PRAISE AND CRITICISM FOR LEA LITERACY TARGETS

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Proposed literacy targets for local education authorities, giving them a month to draw up an action plan to impleme...
Proposed literacy targets for local education authorities, giving them a month to draw up an action plan to implement their targets, have come under criticism from teachers, who said they involve an unrealistic timetable and fail to take account of differences between schools.

The Guardian (p7) reports that Doug McAvoy, NUT general secretary, said that though LEAs might be able to meet the one-month deadline, implementing the proposals would take much longer.

Nigel de Gruchy, general secretary of the NAS/UWT said: 'Every urban area will need an 'advanced skills teacher' in every classroom to make the targets a reality.'

But Graham Lane, education chairman of the LGA, said he was 'delighted to have been given the targets'.
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