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8:00am 17th February 2013

There is a cash boost to help Cornish schoolchildren struggling with English and Maths.

The government is pumping nearly two hundred and thirty thousand pounds into the Duchy.

Schools will get five hundred pounds for each primary school leaver who is not at the expected level when they start secondary education.

Brett Elliott is Principal at Bodmin College, which is getting a share of the funding.

He said: "Without literacy and without numeracy skills, students struggle to access any part of the curriculum really, so crucial in terms of core skills, crucial also in terms of opportunities at later life, and when you come on to higher educationa and further education as well.

Mr Elliott explained how Bodmin College will spend the money: "Development of skill level, development of ability, but arguably most important will be the development of the student's confidence, in terms of enabling them to participate more fully in lessons, in terms of enabling them to work more effectively with larger groups."

8:00am 17th February 2013

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