HC Deb 19 December 2003 vol 416 c65W
Mr. Gibb

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the findings in the Ofsted report on National Literacy and Numeracy Strategy on the quality of teaching in the daily literacy and numeracy hours. [144375]

Mr. Stephen Twigg

We welcome this year's Ofsted report on the National Literacy and Numeracy Strategies which found that they continue to have a considerable positive impact on primary schools. Teachers have broadened their approaches to teaching across the curriculum, but we recognise too the significant issues identified by Ofsted that schools need to address, including unsatisfactory teaching and teachers" weak subject knowledge. Through the strategy set out in "Excellence and Enjoyment" we have a comprehensive agenda for schools and local education authorities to address the strengths and weaknesses identified in the report. By having a greater focus on teaching and learning we will help schools build their capacity to embed the literacy and numeracy strategies across a rich and broad curriculum.

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