Row over Oxford schools reading improvement scheme spending

The BBC reports that an education boss has criticised Oxford City Council’s plans for a new reading scheme to improve basic learning in schools.

Melinda Tilley, Oxfordshire County Council cabinet member for education, said the city council’s proposals should be co-ordinated with their own.

The county council’s £500,000 plans are to improve basic learning at 80 schools. The city council is targeting 10 schools with a different programme.

A city council spokesman said its £1.4m five-year plan was “complementary”.

He added: “There is a joint commitment to improving educational attainment in the city.

“Councillor Bob Price, leader of Oxford City Council, has gone on public record as supporting the county council education improvement strategy.

“We are at an early stage with developing the programme and it will be interesting to see if schools choose to take the city funded programme up.”

Ms Tilley said: “We’re happy that the city council is putting money into work to improve reading standards but would very much prefer if this was being done in a co-ordinated way with us as Oxfordshire’s education authority.”

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