• Mon, 15/02/2010 - 09:42

    The government has said it has no plans to make school libraries a statutory requirement, despite a petition in favour of the move gathering more than 5,700 signatories.

    The petition, run by Campaign for the Book organiser Alan Gibbons, asked the government "to accept in principle that it will make school libraries, run by properly...

  • Wed, 08/07/2009 - 14:19

    Up to 550 literacy and numeracy consultant jobs could be axed following the disbanding of National Strategies announced last week.

    National Strategies has been responsible for guiding how numeracy and literacy are taught since 1997. However, the Department for Children, Schools & Families (DCSF), which announced the news in the...

  • Tue, 10/06/2008 - 14:21

    A short survey among schools by Ofsted is reported by the Department for Children, Schools and Families to have found that the use of systematic phonics programmes had “raised schools’ expectations of how quickly and well children could learn to read and write”.

    Teachers are also reported to have noted that “the...

  • Mon, 09/06/2008 - 08:10

    Two million free books will be given to reception-aged and Year 7 pupils in England by Christmas, in a programme run by independent charity Booktrust, and supported by the government.

    The Booktime programme for reception-aged pupils (4-5-years-old) and the Booked Up programme for Year 7 pupils (aged 11-12) aim to encourage reading for...

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