They plan to offer at least 100,000 children one on one and group catch up lessons as one of the many initiatives aimed at sparing more children from falling behind as they reach secondary school.
As figures stand right now, approximately one is six pupils does not have basic reading skills once they leave primary school and move on to secondary school, and a further quarter of 11 year olds struggle to write appropriately for their age.
These new education plans coincide with the Government’s 2013 introduction of the back-to-basics writing exam which will be given to all 11 year olds in order to test their vocabulary, spelling, grammar and punctuation. Ministers think this test will make it easier for teachers to identify who in their care will require further tuition which might also include pupils being expected to attend lessons during their summer holidays.
£10m will be invested in a new programme aimed at raising educational standards and this will include the one on one tutoring sessions and small catch up classes aimed at helping children and teenagers get ahead in their school reading.
There is also talk that parents may receive vouchers which they can then spend on extra tuition outside of school, although this is still in negotiation.
The new scheme is run by the Education Endowment Fund – a Government-funded programme and is another project managed by the Sutton Trust charity; who works towards narrowing the gap between rich and poor children. It is thought that bids will come from schools, local councils, charities and other organisations running literacy programmes.