Local MP, Norman Baker, has welcomed the news that four schools in his constituency have opened their doors this summer and utilised a portion of the government's £50million summer schools fund.
Cuckmere House School, Priory School, Seaford Head Community College and Tideway School are amongst the 20 schools in East Sussex which have made use of extra government funding.
The government's summer schools fund comes as part of the government's £2.5billion pupil premium which provides dedicated money which follows pupils who receive free school dinners through their schools years.
The targeted funding provides each school that applied with £500 per eligible pupil and headteachers are able use the money to design and run summer schools, targeting pupils who will benefit the most. The funding applies to pupils who are making the transition to secondary school and provides the funds for them to take part in a two-week summer school to help with the transition. The funding could be used for activities such as:
Norman says: "It is incredibly unfair that pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds tend not to do as well as their peers and we must try to change that to give them the education opportunities they deserve. Evidence shows that the transition to secondary school is a particularly tough time as struggling pupils can fall further behind. The summer school fund is specifically targeted towards this transition by providing further support to complement the existing induction arrangements and I am very pleased that a number of local schools have taken up the funding. I have written to all the schools to find out how the summer schools have been going."
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