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Literacy appears unimproved from when Tony Blair entered Downing Street

Half a million 11-year-olds unable to read and write since 1997

The number of 11-year-olds leaving primary school unable to read or write has reached half a million since Labour came to power, according to figures released today.

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  • NASUWT/NUT joint guidance on literacy and numeracy tests

    Following discussions with the Welsh Government over the administration and marking of national numeracy and literacy tests, NASUWT Cymru and NUT Cymru have advised their members of the steps they should take. These include only administering the tests if they form part of a timetabled lesson and are undertaken in the teacher’s classroom; not to be expected to prepare their classrooms for the tests; not to mark the tests and not to input data from the tests.

  • NASUWT: Welsh government must honour its literacy and numeracy commitments

    Responding to the announcement by the Education Minister Leighton Andrews of a £7million national support package for the Literacy and Numeracy Framework, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in Wales, said:

  • NUT: Children left in tears and disengaged as literacy and numeracy tests are introduced

    NUT Cymru says it has received alarming reports regarding the impact of the introduction of literacy and numeracy tests for all pupils from Year 2 – Year 9. Examples of students crying, reacting angrily and even threatening to no longer attend classes have been rife, especially amongst younger children.

  • NASUWT comments on National Numeracy Programme

    Commenting on the launch of the National Numeracy Programme for schools in Wales by Education Minister Leighton Andrews, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in Wales, said:

  • Darling to release more cash for schools?

    Budget 'boost to failing schools'

    Despite a projected tight round of public spending, the chancellor is expected to make extra money available to tackle failing schools.

  • Standards in maths drop one point

    Fewer pupils passing key maths tests

    The number of 14-year-olds reaching an adequate level in maths has fallen while "slight improvements" have been seen in English and Science attainment.

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