More than ten thousand Haringey school children could be helped to attend summer schools under a new government scheme.
A £50 million Summer Schools Fund was announced by Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg last autumn. The scheme is now open for applications from local schools.
Head teachers will be able to design and run summer schools, targeting pupils who will benefit the most. The funding could be used for activities such as:
· Transitional activities to help familiarise pupils with their new environment. Activities could include meeting teachers, having a tour of the school or learning more about their new curriculum.
· Additional intensive support in English and mathematics to enable pupils who need it to make progress in these key areas before they start the secondary curriculum, both as catch up and preparation for the new term.
· Wider enrichment activities such as arts, music and sports activities, trips to theatres and museums, visits to local higher education institutions and employers etc.
Liberal Democrat MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, Lynne Featherstone, commented:
“I have written to schools in my constituency urging them to apply for funding through the scheme.
“The Coalition Government is doing the right thing by helping heads and governors to build on their own plans and give children an extra hand.
“The Liberal Democrats’ commitment to the most disadvantaged children doesn’t stop there. As well as this £50m fund, we are making significant extra funding available through the Pupil Premium.
“This will help schools tackle the inequalities that have been a part of our schools system for far too long.”