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Lib Dems announce further £100m for summer schools to help children catch-up

2012 saw £50m spent on a new summer schools scheme to help the most disadvantaged children:

Nearly 2,000 new summer schools will open their classroom doors … to help some of the most disadvantaged pupils in England in the step up from primary to secondary school.

Around 65,000 children are expected to benefit.

Following the scheme’s success, a further £100m has now been committed to keep it going in 2013 and 2014:

Mr Laws said: “All too often pupils who have made big progress through the school year fall behind over the long summer holiday, particularly if they are changing schools.

“Over 2,000 secondary schools took part in that programme this summer and the feedback we received was fantastic, so I am announcing today that we are allocating a further £100 million to continue this project in 2013 and 2014.”

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