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CBI welcomes Clegg announcement on 'catch-up premium' for year sevens

The CBI responded to an announcement by the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, that pupils who start secondary school without having achieved the required levels in English and maths will get extra intensive classes, funded by a £500 per child ‘catch-up premium’.


John Cridland, CBI Director-General, said:


“Good levels of literacy and numeracy are absolutely essential skills for life and work, so this extra support to make sure that all of our young people are competent in these areas is welcome.


“We know that if pupils fall behind in English and maths in their early schooling then it becomes increasingly difficult for them to catch up, so I also urge the Government to relentlessly focus on raising standards for all in primary education, so that this situation does not occur in the first place.”

Notes to Editors:


The CBI Annual Conference 2012, Forging a New Economic Future, will take place on Monday 19 November at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, featuring an exceptional line-up of business and political speakers.


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