A major new three-year project involving schools across South Cumbria aims to tackle the attainment gap that exists between children from disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers.
Teachers in the region are concerned by the drop-off in progress among children from disadvantaged backgrounds as they move between primary and secondary school. The gap between them and other children only grows wider as they continue through school.
Now, thanks to a grant of £90,000 from education charity SHINE, a dedicated transition officer will lead research into the most effective ways to smooth the journey between schools, which should have a positive impact on academic progress.
A pilot in the first year will involve children joining Walney School, Barrow-in-Furness, from four feeder primary schools. It will focus on raising attainment in science in particular.
The project will then be expanded to other secondary schools within Furness Education Consortium and their feeder primary schools across the Furness Peninsula.