New government funding and support has been launched, targeted at pupils starting primary and secondary school in England, to take part in focused English and maths catch-up sessions.
A £10 million funding initiative has been announced today (9 July) to help pupils in participating schools to benefit from more support in maths and English.
Specialist training and materials will be provided to support focused sessions to boost numeracy and literacy skills and help pupils catch-up in these core subjects.
Schools with high proportions of children from disadvantaged backgrounds will be prioritised for the schemes in order to support those most impacted by the disruption to education.
School Standards Minister Nick Gibb said:
“Maths and English are the foundations for every child’s education. Being sure we are using the most effective teaching methods – phonics for reading and the maths mastery approach for teaching maths – is key to ensuring every child has the best start to their time at primary school and the best introduction to the challenges of secondary education.
“This programme is designed to support schools in using evidenced-based methods proven to give children the best start to their education.”
The programme includes:
The programme will be rolled out from Autumn term 2021.
Schools that would like to find out more about the funding for English should contact the relevant English Hub: