Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Reading Vouchers Will Pay for Tutors to Help Struggling Pupils

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Reading Vouchers Will Pay for Tutors to Help Struggling Pupils

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Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor

THOUSANDS of parents whose children fall behind in reading will get vouchers to spend on private tutors under plans unveiled by Nick Clegg today.

It marks a major new drive to provide "catch-up lessons" for struggling youngsters from poorer families in their first year of secondary school.

Mr Clegg hailed the Evening Standard's Get London Reading Campaign, which triggered action on the crisis in literacy that means one in four children leaves the capital's primary schools unable to read properly, as "brilliant".

London will be one of the key target areas for the new scheme announced at a school in Islington. The Government will put [pounds sterling]10 million into pilot schemes in the areas with the greatest problems.

Schools will group together to set up reading support for Year 7 children, targeting those from less well-off homes. Some schools will set up catchup classes, while others will offer oneto-one tuition or give parents vouchers to spend on private tutors. …

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