SECONDARY schools in Southampton and Hamp-shire are to receive an extra £1.3m to help youngsters who failed to make the grade in literacy and maths at the end of their primary education, it has been revealed.
All schools will be given £500 per pupil who failed to reach the expected Level 4 grades in the Key Stage 2 SATs exams taken by all 11-year-olds.
The extra cash will be used to provide “intensive tuition” for Year 7 pupils to help improve their maths and literacy skills.
The Government said its new so-called “catch-up premium” is aimed at boosting the prospects of children who have fallen behind before they get to secondary school.
Figures from the Department for Education show only five per cent of pupils who failed to get Level 4 in both English and maths at Key Stage 2 went on to achieve the benchmark of five GCSEs at A* to C, including English and maths.
Schools will discover today how much of the £54.5m pot they are set to receive, with Hampshire’s getting a total of £1,132,500 between them, and Southampton’s sharing £227,500.
Schools will have freedom to decide how best to spend the cash, but it could be used to provide either individual tuition or intensive support in small groups, in a bid to help them catch up with their peers.
The support could come through lunchtime or after-school classes as well as sessions during holidays, with the money covering the cost of a tutor, computer- based learning or online support.
It is hoped the extra aid will improve the life chances of the youngsters affected, but also make classroom life better for all children by boosting the motivation of pupils who are more likely to be disaffected, reducing disruptive behaviour.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: “The consequences for a pupil being left behind in the basicswhen they start secondary school can last for the rest of their education.
“The catch-up premium money being handed out to schools in Hampshire today will help pupils catch up with their peers as quickly as possible.”
How much is the catch-up premium worth to your school?
- Bitterne Park School £26,000
- Cantell Maths and Computing College £24,000
- Chamberlayne College for the Arts £13,500
- Oasis Academy Lord's Hill £12,500
- Oasis Academy Mayfield £13,000
- Polygon School £4,000
- Redbridge Community School £22,000
- Regents Park Community College £21,500
- St Anne's Catholic School £12,000
- St George Catholic College £8,000
- The Sholing Technology College £23,500
- Upper Shirley High School £21,500
- Woodlands Community College £12,500
- Applemore College, Dibden Purlieu £22,500
- Baycroft School, Gosport £17,500
- Bridgemary School, Gosport £19,500
- Brookfield Community School, Sarisbury Green £17,000
- Brune Park Community College, Gosport £41,500
- Crestwood College, Eastleigh £10,000
- Crofton School, Stubbington £14,500
- Hamble Community Sports College £19,000
- Henry Beaufort School, Winchester £16,500
- Henry Cort Community College, Fareham £18,000
- Hounsdown School, Totton £19,000
- Kings' School, Winchester £16,500
- Mountbatten School £16,500
- Neville Lovett Community School £8,000
- New Forest Academy £10,000
- Noadswood School, Dibden Purlieu £12,000
- Perins School, Alresford £9,500
- Portchester Community School £17,000
- Priestlands School, Lymington £12,000
- Quilley School of Engineering £7,500
- Ringwood School £18,500
- The Romsey School £7,000
- Swanmore College £13,500
- Test Valley School, Stockbridge £6,000
- Testwood Sports College £17,500
- Thornden School, Chandler's Ford £9,500
- The Toynbee School, Chandler's Ford £12,500
- The Westgate School, Winchester £14,500
- Wildern School, Hedge End £24,500
- Wyvern College, Fair Oak £20,000