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Graham Stewart | 11:08 UK time, Tuesday, 15 December 2009

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As you may have read in the press, Morning Extra is coming to an end after nearly four years on-air. Our last programme will be on 26 February 2010. However, do join Kaye Adams for her new show, Call Kaye, from 1st March.

As a result we're winding down this blog, but let me take this opportunity to thank you for all your contributions, both on-air and online. While we're not accepting any more comments on here, you can still email us with your feedback.

Do you have problems reading and writing?

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Graham Stewart | 10:09 UK time, Friday, 4 December 2009

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A commission set up to tackle literacy problems in Scottish schools has found almost one in five Scots has difficulty with reading and writing. The Literacy Commission, which included author Ian Rankin, called for a "zero tolerance" approach to tackling the issue. It said tackling problems caused by deprivation was crucial.

But are socio-economic problems the only issue? Does a lack of literacy skills make everyday life a struggle for you?

Does it matter what school you went to?

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Graham Stewart | 10:05 UK time, Thursday, 3 December 2009

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There was a noisy return to class warfare at Prime Minister's Question time yesterday. In what looked like a dry run for next year's general election campaigning, the Prime Minister sought to portray himself as someone who represents the interests of the whole country - whilst he accused David Cameron of only caring about a wealthy elite, referring to his privileged Eton schooling.

Does your background matter? It might not be an Eton background, but did you go to a private school? Does it make you out-of-touch? Or does it simply give you advantages in life? And do those of us who have a working class, state-educated background - like the Prime Minister - just have a giant chip on our shoulders?

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