Headlines: June 16th, 1999

Schools, governors, parents and the wider community are joining in partnership to raise education standards in Yorkshire. The Yorkshire Literacy Challenge is a major public – private initiative involving the Yorkshire Post; Yorkshire Television; Yorkshire Water; Business in the Community and the supermarket chain ASDA.

The Challenge is designed to dramatically change the way in which the region takes on the task of achieving the Government’s targets for 2002. The target for literacy is for 80% of 11 year olds reaching standard (level 4) for their age and for numeracy for 75% of 11 year olds reaching standard (level 4). Doubts have been expressed about the ability of schools to meet these targets, but recent research shows that 90% of headteachers in primary schools support the National Literacy Strategy and most believe it will raise standards significantly.