ALMOST £300,000 has been handed over by the Government to improve the transition of Hartlepool youngsters from primary to secondary school.
The cash is for 200 pupils at five Hartlepool schools to take part in one or two week summer school in a bid to make the move from primary to secondary school as seamless and as least disruptive as possible for town youngsters.
Hartlepool schools received £90,250 of summer school funding from 2012 to 2013, and a further £106,250 for 2013 to 2014.
A £95,000 cash sum was also handed to schools for disadvantaged children needing extra educational help with the big move to secondary school and to get the most out of their tuition.
The figures were revealed in parliament when Hartlepool’s MP Iain Wright directed a question to Schools Minister David Laws.
Mr Wright asked what steps was the minister taking “to improve transition from primary to secondary school by pupils in the Hartlepool constituency”.
Mr Laws said: “The Government recognises that the transition from primary to secondary school is a crucial time for all pupils.
“For the past two years the Government has made up to £50m of funding from the pupil premium available to secondary schools that choose to deliver a one or two week summer school.
“The purpose of the programme is to make the transition from Year 6 to Year 7 more successful for disadvantaged children.
“Over 58,000 pupils in almost 2,000 secondary schools took part during summer 2013, including 200 pupils in five Hartlepool schools.
“Schools in Hartlepool received £90,250 of summer school funding in 2012-13 and £106,250 in 2013-14.”
He added: “For pupils leaving primary school with weaknesses in literacy and numeracy, we are providing a catch-up premium for pupils in Year 7.
“Schools can use this money to provide extra support to pupils who failed to reach the expected standard in primary school so that they can benefit fully from their secondary education.
“Hartlepool schools received a total of £95,000 from the catch-up premium in 2012-13.”
Cash help for schools this year is expected to be announced later this month.