Derbyshire schools to receive 'catch-up' cash from Department of Education for struggling pupils
YOUNGSTERS failing to make the grade at the age of 11 will be given intensive tuition in English and maths when they move to secondary school.
A "catch-up premium" of £500 – for each pupil who has not reached level four in the subjects at the end of primary school – will be paid to secondary schools.
Figures from the Department for Education show only 5% of pupils who did not manage to get level four at the end of primary school went on to achieve five GCSEs at A* to C, including English and maths.
Varying amounts of cash from £2,500 to £35,000 will go to secondary and special schools. The money is to pay for individual tuition or support in small groups.
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Schools will have the freedom to decide how best to use the cash but Ofsted inspectors will examine how schools are using the money when they visit.
Jo Ward, head teacher at Bemrose School, Derby – which will get £22,000 – welcomed the funding. She said: "Last year, 44% of new arrivals were below level four in English and 45% were below standard in maths.
"We already have a rigorous reading recovery programme and, in maths, we try to have extra staff in the classroom. We also have an after-school club for extra support in various aspects of the curriculum and a summer school for disadvantaged children.
"This money will allow us to build on the success of these schemes and give more support to the children who need it most."
Mark Cottingham, head teacher at Da Vinci Community College, receiving £12,500, said the grant would boost "existing intensive catch-up programmes in literacy and maths".
He said: "There are often complex barriers to learning and they will not be overcome in year seven, even with extra intensive teaching and support."
Providing extra support in English and maths for pupils will be vital in meeting targets and high standards at Merrill Academy, according to acting head Andy Scott.
He said: "We will see how to put the £35,000 to effective use and ensure students reap maximum benefit."
Derby City Council has come under fire from the Government for its exam results in primary and secondary schools in recent months.
Councillor Martin Rawson, cabinet member for children and young people, said: "The money will help target students who may be struggling, for various reasons."
This is a full list of the Derby and Derbyshire schools receiving money to improve numeracy and literacy at age 11. Figures are amount in £.