A new National Literacy and Numeracy Framework is to be introduced in schools across Wales, it has been revealed.
Welsh education minister Leighton Andrews said it will apply to all learners between the ages of five and 14.
The framework will provide schools with annual expected outcomes and inform teachers of all subjects on how to apply literacy and numeracy across the whole curriculum.
"I have been clear in my intentions to improve standards and performance across the board, with a particular focus on literacy and numeracy. This is vital if we are to ensure every child is able to reach their full potential," Mr Andrews said.
He claimed that good literacy and numeracy skills are the "bedrock" of the government's plans to improve educational attainment across Wales, adding that this will help to ensure students and teachers are making the progress expected of them.
The framework will be introduced in September 2012 and rolled out across the whole country from 2013.
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