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New summer schools will give Brent pupils a flying start at secondary school

August 14, 2012 4:58 PM

Children's Minister Sarah Teather has welcomed the new summer schools taking place across Brent during the summer holidays. The summer schools, funded through the Pupil Premium, will help some of the most disadvantaged pupils in the borough take the step up from primary to secondary school.

Earlier this year, Sarah announced that the Government would be making £50 million of funding available to schools through the Pupil Premium to run summer schools in 2012. This is part of the £1.25 billion additional funding allocated this year to support disadvantaged children.

Pupils will be taking part in a range of activities including literacy and numeracy boosters, sessions for students to become familiar with their new school, as well as arts, music and sport activities. In total, fourteen secondary schools in Brent have received additional funding to allow disadvantaged pupils to take part in a two-week summer school.

At the end of primary education, four in every ten disadvantaged pupils do not achieve the expected level of attainment, compared with only two in ten of other pupils. These attainment gaps often widen as pupils progress through school.

Commenting, Brent Central MP Sarah Teather said:

"Starting a new school can be tough and many pupils, often those from poorer families, suffer a dip when they join secondary school. This dip can last for years.

"Social background has been a deciding factor in a child's achievement at school for far too long. These summer schools are giving disadvantaged pupils in Brent the extra help they need so that they are well prepared to succeed at this crucial stage of their education.

"It's great that so many schools in Brent are taking advantage of the new funding and I look forward to seeing how summer schools in my constituency are helping local pupils."

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