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Wednesday, June 10, 1998 Published at 13:51 GMT 14:51 UK


Education

Summer schools for special needs children

Fifteen summer literacy schools for special needs pupils will be set up

The government is to extend its programme of summer schools to help children with special educational needs improve their reading and writing.

Fifteen projects for pupils with lower levels of literacy and those in special schools will be set up alongside the 600 literacy schools and 51 numeracy schools already due to take place this summer.

The Schools Minister, Estelle Morris, said the special needs summer literacy schools would be run on a pilot basis.

"This will assist the pupils to develop the literacy skills that they need to access the curriculum in future years," she told a National Union of Teachers conference on special educational needs.


[ image: Estelle Morris:
Estelle Morris: "This will assist pupils in future years"
Ms Morris said a good example of the type of projects covered by the programme was the one proposed by Chesnut Lodge, a school for pupils with physical disabilities in Halton, Merseyside.

Their pilot summer literacy programme will offer an opportunity for pupils from the school, together with some pupils from a local primary school, to participate in intensive literacy activities.

"The proposed programme includes reading, writing and spelling activities," said Ms Morris.

"Pupils will use computer software, poetry and drama to enhance their literacy skills."

Details of where the other special needs literacy schools will be located are to be announced at a later date.



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