Bristol - Private tuition to address gaps

30th October 2009 at 00:00

Thousands of Bristol pupils will get one-to-one tuition through a scheme starting in the city's schools this year.

About 2,250 children aged seven to 16 who are at risk of falling behind in English and maths will get 10 hours of tuition.

The initiative follows positive results of a two-year national pilot scheme and a successful trial in 26 primary schools in Bristol last term. The one-to- one teaching will be held during and after school and in the holidays.

Parson Street Primary School in Bedminster took part in the trial last year.

Headteacher Mark Lacey said: "The programme has provided our children with an unprecedented opportunity to receive focused support on their needs in a way that is difficult to achieve in a normal classroom.

"Qualified teachers have been able to work alongside these children to address specific gaps in their learning that have served to strengthen their knowledge, skills and understanding in a range of mathematical contexts.

"The progress that these children have made over a 10-week period of one-hour sessions has been phenomenal." km.

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