Bolton Council has been awarded a £393,000 grant from the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) to continue to improve literacy levels in Bolton.
Bolton Council is one of only five organisations to receive a significant share in the £11.4M EEF fund which will support 25 projects affecting 35,000 disadvantaged pupils in 425 schools across England.
Bolton Council’s award, which recognises its success in helping to implement new approaches in teaching such as the Vocabulary Enrichment Intervention Programme, will be used to help disadvantaged youngsters improve their reading and comprehension skills.
The funds will be used to focus support and help during the difficult transition period when pupils move from primary to secondary school.
Bolton’s team of Educational psychologists, who are experts in understanding the difficulties which children experience when learning, will provide support to Bolton's primary and secondary schools to help them understand the challenges facing each pupil. Additional literacy teaching and support will also be provided to pupils in secondary schools.
Pupils’ progress will be tracked to measure the improvements resulting from the new initiatives and the lessons learnt will be applied to teaching in general to raise literacy levels for all pupils in Bolton.
Councillor Kevin McKeon, Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools said: “We are delighted that Bolton has been recognised for its innovation in teaching and support in helping young people achieve their full potential.
“The transition from primary to secondary school is a critical point in a child’s development and the targeted support we will provide will help them adapt, learn and achieve more.”
Sir Peter Lampl, Chair of the EEF, said: “In England, a child’s background has a stronger bearing on their future than in almost any other developed country. This tremendous group of projects aims to help those students who need it most. The projects will be rigorously evaluated and if proven to be successful they will be scaled up.”