Bradford scheme to boost literacy expanding to five new areas nationwide

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A pioneering Bradford scheme, providing two free pairs of glasses for primary pupils, is being expanded to improve reading and writing by tackling poor eyesight in five new areas of the country.

Data shows that 30 per cent of pupils who need glasses have not been to an optician*, alongside disadvantaged children being less likely to get, or wear, the glasses they need. This can hold children back.

Bradford’s ‘Glasses in Classes’ scheme aims to level up outcomes and will be adapted for five disadvantaged areas in England, under the Opportunity Area programme. This will reach more than 9,000 pupils in at least 225 schools.

Marking National Eye Health Week (20 to 26 September), the programme will now be available for pupils in Doncaster, Derby, Durham, Norwich and Breckland, and North Yorkshire Coast.

Find out more about the scheme created in Bradford on the Council website.


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Published: 23/09/2021
Audience: primary schools, health and wellbeing, parents
Contact: Thomas Atcheson

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