DfE calls for bids to run 'literacy catch-up projects'
The DfE has called for schools to bid to run 'catch-up projects' aimed at helping struggling pupils improve their literacy skills before starting secondary school.
The initiative is designed to help pupils who achieve below Level 4 in literacy at Key Stage 2. The government believes that supporting these pupils to catch up with their peers before the start of secondary school will help to narrow attainment gaps at GCSE.
Schools can start bidding now for a share in the £10m on offer to run the projects. Other organisations, including charities, local authorities and universities, can also bid. The DfE has suggested that projects could take the form of extra support, such as:
- small catch-up classes
- one-to-one tuition using innovative approaches
- vouchers for parents to spend on literacy tuition.
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