The Independent reports that the Government has been criticised over plans to increase literacy in schools, with opponents claiming new funding to help children read and write pales in comparison to recent school budget cuts.
Labour said an additional £45m investment in boosting child literacy “will do nothing” to reverse £2.7bn of funding cuts it says schools in England have faced since 2015.
It comes as the Department for Education unveiled a series of measures to help primary school children improve their reading and writing skills.
Among the plans announced by Justine Greening, the Education Secretary, are a new Centre of Excellence for Literacy Teaching, investment in “reading roadshows” and a £5m fund to help parents encourage reading and writing at home.
Announcing the new measures, Ms Greening said: “School standards are rising, with 1.9 million more children being taught in good or outstanding schools than in 2010.
“Our ambition is that no community will be left behind on education. Today’s literacy investment will help make sure that not just most, but every child arrives at school with the vocabulary levels they need to learn. And our investment will mean that once they are at school, every child will get the best literacy teaching.”
Angela Rayner, the party’s Shadow Education Secretary, said: “The next Labour government will reverse the Conservatives’ cuts to school funding, protect funding in real terms, and end the public sector pay cap to give our teachers the pay rise they deserve.”
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