December 11 2013 Latest news:
Victoria Leggett, Education correspondent
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Secondary schools in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire are set to share funding of almost £2.5m to help youngsters who have fallen behind in maths and English.
The catch-up cash is being provided by the Department for Education to high schools, special schools and academies with year seven pupils who did not reach the expected level in literacy and numeracy before leaving primary school.
Worth £500 per child, nationally it is set to help nearly 110,000 youngsters from a funding pot of £54m.
In Norfolk, nearly 2,000 pupils at more than 60 schools will benefit from around £970,000.
Thetford Academy (£37,000),City Academy Norwich (£36,000), and Springwood High School (£29,500) will be some of the biggest beneficiaries in the county with others including Wymondham College, Notre Dame High, North Walsham High, Fred Nicholson School and Eaton Hall School.
Suffolk will get more than £890,000 – including £29,000 for East Point Academy in Lowestoft, £27,000 for Sir John Leman High in Beccles, £35,500 for The Denes High School in Lowestoft, £28,000 for Pakefield School, and £26,000 for Bungay High.
Cambridgeshire gets just over £600,000 including £43,500 for Thomas Clarkson Academy in Wisbech and £35,500 for The Neale Wade Community College in March.
Schools will be able to decide how they use their share of the money but ministers have suggested setting up small tuition groups after school or at lunchtimes, holiday support, tutors and online support.
Ofsted inspectors will be expected to consider how the money is being used when visiting schools.