Blair seeks business cash to aid literacy

29th August 1997 at 01:00
The Prime Minister, Tony Blair, has appealed to private industry to help fund a ten-fold expansion of the Government's summer literacy programme.

Speaking on a visit to Morpeth Secondary School in the London borough of Tower Hamlets, Mr Blair said that #163;1 million from the world of business would be matched with #163;4 million of government money.

Some 1,600 11-year-olds took part in this summer's literacy "camps" in 50 schools across the country. Next year the Government hopes to involve 16,000 pupils in 500 schools.

The scheme has already received a #163;250,000 donation from News International, publisher of The TES and The Times. It is designed to help slow readers in the months before they arrive at secondary school. A series of tests has been devised by the School Curriculum and Assessment Authority to measure the scheme's effectiveness.

"The focus upon education is not something that we will continue for one term, one year or one parliament," said Mr Blair. "It's here for good."

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today