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    Dame Julia Cleverdon interview: ‘The price we all pay if children can’t read properly’

    When, seven years ago, Dame Julia Cleverdon decided to stand down from running Business in the Community she had to inform the organisation’s president, the Prince of Wales. She’d been in the job since 1992 and, according to Cleverdon, the Prince’s response to her departure was: “Don’t be ridiculous. You can’t stand down. I can’t, so why should you?” It was at that moment, she says, that he asked her “why she wasn’t a special adviser to me on responsible business?”









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    Half of Britons can’t spell ‘fluorescent’ without spellcheck, literacy study finds

    Have you ever been embarrassed about your poor spelling, or felt that it was necessary to occasionally check a dictionary?









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    Pupils who can’t read properly by 11 destined for lives of underachievement

    Thousands of pupils who fail to read properly by the age of 11 will be sentenced to a lifetime of underachievement, according to a report out today.









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    VIDEO: ‘You can’t teach skills without facts’

    Memory is vital for learning, says a former teacher in a personal film.
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    New teachers ‘can’t risk mortgages’

    A teaching union leader says young teachers are shying away from taking out mortgages because of uncertainty over their future earnings.
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    School head applicants ‘can’t spell’

    Schools are struggling to fill vacant head teacher posts, partly because some applicants “can’t spell”, according to the National Governors Association.
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    Exclusive: Outstanding schools struggle to fill headteacher jobs because applicants ‘can’t spell’

    Outstanding schools are struggling to recruit suitably talented headteachers and senior staff – with some applications for headships littered with spelling and grammar errors.


        








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    VIDEO: ‘We can’t afford our own house’

    Living costs have risen 25% in the past five years and placed an “unprecedented” financial burden on the poor, a report has found.
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    The new school laws on attendance that mean you can’t run away to the circus anymore

    Travelling circuses could be hit with an exodus of performers as a result of proposed new education reforms, entertainers have warned.




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    Teenagers ‘can’t read GCSE exams’

    Analysis suggests thousands of UK teenagers cannot read well enough to understand their GCSE exam papers.
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