On 14 May 2012, the Government announced up to £10m additional support for pupil premium children who leave primary school without Level 4 literacy. Today, more details have been provided. The press notice says that projects “will be set up across England to help disadvantaged pupils, who fail to reach the expected level of English by the end of primary school (level 4 at Key Stage 2). Some projects will be fast-tracked through the bidding process to start from this September, while other projects will start in 2013“.
Applications for funding from the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) can be made here. The EEF is a charity which has received an endowment of £125m from the Department for Education. The press notice says that it “will run a competitive bidding process to fund innovative projects that build on either robust evidence or a strong and practical theory. It is expected that schools themselves, along with charities, local authorities and universities, will bid for the programme. Projects could start at the end of Year 6, in the summer between Year 6 and Year 7, and in Year 7 itself. The Foundation will also consider some projects which include mathematics“.
Rachel Kamm, 11KBW