PUPILS in Hartlepool and east Durham could gain from a new £50m summer schools fund that has been launched by the Governemnt.
The cash will help up to 100,000 pupils making the transition from primary to secondary school in the scheme aimed at helping disadvantaged youngsters.
Secondary schools can sign up for £500 for every disadvantaged pupil taking part in a two-week summer school.
The money applies to all pupils transferring into Year 7 who are on free school meals or have been in care for six months or more.
Headteachers will be able to design and run summer schools, targeting pupils who will benefit the most.
Launching the scheme, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: “As any parent knows, the move from primary to secondary school can sometimes be tough. For those who struggle to make the jump, there can be a dip in performance that can last for years.
“We know that those who struggle most are often among the poorest in society, but we also know that just two weeks’ activities and education can help them at this tricky time in their lives.”
Schools will get confirmation of their funding allocation in May and the summer schools will run between July and August.