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Pupils in the North East to receive £10m in funding to boost literacy

The Education Endowment Fund (EEF) and Northern Rock Foundation are launching a scheme, aimed at boosting literacy for 10,000 pupils across 880 primary schools in the north-east. The five year project, focusing particularly on disadvantaged children, will test and introduce proven in-school methods for helping children to read and write well.

  • A recent IPFR North report found that disadvantaged children in the North were lagging well behind their counterparts in London
  • The EEF will trial programmes showing promise with the aim of introducing them into North-Eastern schools. Previously successful EEF trials include Read Write Inc. Fresh Start.

 “All the evidence shows that children who do not read well by age 11 have significantly less chance of achieving good GCSEs and of moving into work. We hope this programme will help to break a cycle of poor literacy among disadvantaged children in the North East, and improve the lives and employability of young people across our region.” – Dame Jackie Fisher, trustee of Northern Rock Foundation.

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