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Council Gets £229,000 Funding For Under-Achieving Pupils

Tuesday February 19 2013



FIGURES released by Barnsley Council show that out of 2,366 year six pupils in the borough last year, 16 per cent did not attain level four in English.

Barnsley Council has now received £229,000 in funding from the government to help these children catch up. The funding the authority has received is the equivalent of £500 per pupil, who will all receive additional help through individual tuition or intensive support in small groups.

It's hoped that by catching up with classmates, pupils' motivation will also be boosted, preventing disruptive behaviour that impedes learning for
others.

Cllr Tim Cheetham has welcomed the extra resources. "I hope schools will spend the money wisely and in the way it was intended, to get all children up to an appropriate level," he said."It's also another helpful bridge to carry forward the excellent work and progress we are seeing at primary level into our secondary schools."

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Reply Posted by greenginger on Tuesday February 19 2013 at 17:56
Barnsley schools have always underachieved. The area is unfortunately inward looking and many parents have no level of educational achievement nor did they ever aspire to further education. Throwing more money at this will not solve the underlying issues. Poverty is an excuse bandied about but it was no different when the country was booming.

Reply Posted by Mick on Wednesday February 20 2013 at 21:31
Agree with greenginger. I wonder if the money could be used to educate parents in the hope that this will have a positive effect on the children?