MORE than 1,000 children in Solihull state schools who are lagging behind heir classmates in their learning are to receive individual tuition.
The seven to 14-year-olds will benefit from one-to-one teaching over the next year as part of a government scheme to raise standards in English and mathematics.
Solihull is one of ten local education authorities which piloted the scheme for two years and it found special tuition helped pupils acquire necessary learning skills and gave them more confidence to tackle academic subjects.
Collette Higgins, children’s services adviser for Solihull Council, said: “During the pilot phase teachers found that a short burst of individual tuition benefited pupils who had fallen behind with their learning and helped them make really good progress.
“We are delighted that this scheme will now be available to all primary and secondary schools.
“The challenge will be finding sufficient tutors so we have started actively recruiting for a September start.”
The council said parents and carers can find out more about the individual tuition scheme from their child’s school.
The number of tutors that will be needed and the cost of the scheme have not been disclosed.
Would-be tutors need to be qualified teachers and be able to offer tuition inside and outside the school day for a period of ten hours per pupil.
Anyone interested in taking part in the scheme can obtain further details by telephoning the council on 0121 704 6629.