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Save the Reading Recovery Programme (ECAR), Literacy should be a Government Priority

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Michael Gove, in The Independent on 19th September 2011, announced that Reading Recovery will be axed as part of the Governments spending cuts. "Research shows that the Reading Recovery Project, which involves daily one-to-one half-hour reading sessions with pupils, has had a major impact in boosting reading standards. After 12 to 20 weeks in the scheme, five- to six-year-olds saw their reading ability increase by up to 20 months – an improvement which was sustained when they were tested a year later. But schools are being forced to axe the project – or at least reduce the number of pupils to whom they offer it – because of a squeeze on school budgets, according to the National Association of Head Teachers." Please sign the petition and let others know that we need their support, to help the Mr Gove re-think this disastrous decision. This will impact on the lives of the hardest-to-teach children, their families and on the literacy skills that are needed to benefit employment and the needs of the wider society. The recent street riots were

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