Millionaire aids literacy growth

5th September 1997 at 01:00
A millionaire from London's East End has answered Tony Blair's call for Pounds 1 million from business to boost a 10-fold expansion of Labour's summer literacy scheme.

Maurice Hatter, who runs IMO Precision Controls, has pledged the full amount, which, with a Government contribution of Pounds 4 million, will see 500 summer courses run next year for 16,000 children.

The scheme aims to raise reading and writing standards among 16,000 children with poor literacy before they start secondary school. This year's pilot, in 50 schools, was part-funded by News International, publisher of The TES.

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