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BBC Radio interview with Mark Forrest: 6th February 2013

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Primary school gives pupils elocution lessons to help them ditch their 'common' accents


The Essex accent has long attracted ridicule and disapproval. But primary school teachers say it also has a damaging effect on children’s spelling and grammar.

So they have introduced elocution lessons in an effort to improve pupils’ written work. The children are learning to say ‘computer’ instead of ‘computa’ and ‘aren’t’ in place of ‘ain’t’ as well as being told to stop ending sentences with ‘yeah?’.

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THE next generation of TOWIE stars could get a posh makeover – as a primary school in Essex has begun offering pupils ELOCUTION lessons.

For the past year pupils at Cherry Tree Primary School, in Basildon, have been taught to ditch their Essex accents and use "posh voices" during weekly lessons from a private tutor.

It's a far cry from the dropped aitches and shrill vowels of The Only Way Is Essex - whose cast are famous for catchphrases like "shaddup!" and "well jel".

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Now a primary school in the county has become one of the first to offer pupils elocution lessons.

In weekly lessons from a private tutor, children at Cherry Tree ¬≠Primary School in Basildon are being taught to ditch their Essex accents and use “posh voices”.

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