Now it's literacy out-of-hours;Digest

26th February 1999 at 00:00
Schools are to get an average of pound;1,100 to fund after-school literacy sessions for boys, following an admission by the Standards and Effectiveness supremo Michael Barber that the literacy strategy would do little to close the performance gap between girls and boys.

Boys' poor performance, particularly in written English, has been given special attention in the Department for Education and Employment's revision guidance after last summer's disappointing national test results.

The guidelines aim to encourage boys, keep them on task and offer work based on the non-fiction they prefer.

Professor Barber says that the initiative will help under-achieving pupils reach level 4, the expected standard.

But unions are questioning the after-school sessions' educational value, and warning that they will back any members who are pressurised into taking them.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now