MINISTERS this week announced an extra pound;48 million for primary schools to raise standards in literacy and numeracy.
Schools are to get pound;36m this autumn to provide extra maths and English lessons for 11-year-olds. Another pound;12m is to be spent on training the teachers of ten and 11-year-olds. Some pound;22m has already been allocated for trained classroom assistants to support eight and nine-year-olds who have not been able to keep up with the literacy strategy.
The new grant will pay for consultants and supply cover to allow teachers to attend three days of training.
The DFEE is expecting schools to target ten-year-olds who are in danger of falling behind and provide extra classes not only during the school day, but also at breakfast clubs, at lunch-time, after school and at weekends and in the summer holidays.
An extra pound;1m is also being provided to equip numeracy consultants with lap-top computers.