£42,500 to help pupils catch up

January 31, 2013 4:57 PM

£42,500 will help pupils in Carshalton and Wallington, who didn't reach the expected level in literacy and maths when they finished primary school, catch up with their classmates who did.

Schools have received £500 per pupil who didn't reach the expected level to help them through catch-up classes and individual tuition.

Welcoming the news, Tom Brake said:

"Good numeracy and literacy skills are foundation for future learning. All kids deserve a fair chance to gain those crucial skills."

"No pupil should be left behind - schools need to provide a fair environment where all children can thrive. I hope that the money will help Year 7 pupils in Carshalton and Wallington reach their full potential."

Five schools in total in Carshalton and Wallington have received funds.

Catch-up classes and personal tuition are targeted at those who need a helping hand, so their chances of success are increased rather than letting them fall behind further.

Evidence shows only five per cent of pupils who don't achieve Level 4 in both English and maths at Key Stage 2 go on to achieve five GCSEs at A* to C, including English and maths. This extra money announced is to help these children catch up with their classmates.

Schools will have freedom to decide how best to use the catch-up premium, but examples could include:

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