£15,500 will help Berwick pupils catch up at school
A TOTAL of £15,500 will help Year 7 pupils in Berwick who did not reach the expected level in literacy and maths at Key Stage 2 catch up with their classmates.
Schools will receive £500 per pupil who did not reach the expected level to help them through catch-up classes and individual tuition. For Berwick, that means Tweedmouth Middle School will get £7,500 and Berwick Middle School will get £8,000.
County Councillor Isabel Hunter, who represents Berwick West with Ord, said: “The Pupil Premium is having a real impact here in Berwick and this extra funding will be a further boost for those children who need a little extra help if they’re not to fall behind their peers.
“I’m very pleased that this is new money being handed over to our schools – every little helps and if the extra £500 stops a child falling behind, never to catch back up, then that will be money very well spent.”
Schools will have freedom to decide how best to use the catch-up premium, but examples could include small-group tuition supported by new classroom materials and resources; holiday support to deliver intensive catch-up over a short period; or additional services and materials to add to those provided by the school, such as tutor services or online support.
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 grades A* to C.
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