Charity cash to help schools in the city

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SCHOOLS in Portsmouth have been awarded £120,000 by an education charity to fund a programme to help pupils improve writing skills.

The award has been given by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF).

Around 1,800 pupils across the city in 12 primary and junior schools will now benefit from a ‘Talk for Writing’ programme that will test a structured approach to writing.

Councillor Rob Wood is cabinet member for children and education at the city council.

He said: ‘Raising the standard of reading and writing for all our pupils is a priority for everyone involved in education in Portsmouth.

‘This award is great news as it will fund an exciting programme of work that will help many of our pupils continue to improve their writing skills.

‘Our pupils have done really well in their GCSE and school tests this year and initiatives such as this will help us to continue to build on this success.’

The funding in Portsmouth forms part of £11.4m awarded by the EEF that will fund 25 projects which seek to raise the attainment of children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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