Published 10 March 2021

Pupils across West Dunbartonshire will be given access to additional lessons as part of an initiative to ensure no child is disadvantaged by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Pupils in schools across West Dunbartonshire will be offered additional lessons as part of the recovery strategy to raise attainment .

A programme of intense lessons for individuals and small groups will be provided after school, at the weekends and during school holidays.  Funding to support 4,300 hours of lessons split equally between both primary and secondary pupils will be delivered by teachers, support staff and officers from the Working 4U learning team.   

Evidence from the Education Endowments Foundation confirms that one-to-one tuition is effective in delivering approximately five additional months’ progress in pupils and short, regular sessions three to five times a week over a period of six to twelve weeks, can offer the best results.

Councillor Karen Conaghan, Convener of Educational Services, said: “This funding will be a great benefit to both primary and secondary pupils. We know through the engagement figures of Remote Learning that our children and young people worked hard and were engaged with their learning.

For some pupils, additional hours of learning will support any loss of learning during this time due to the pandemic.

Our pupils have a great appetite for learning and through our dedicated staff we will ensure pupils benefit from these additional hours of support.”

Councillor Ian Dickson, Vice Convener of Educational Services, said: “I am really pleased to see this additional funding to support intense lessons for our pupils. This intensive support can be really effective in supporting pupils who are struggling and will make a real difference to their learning.  I’m sure our schools and pupils will make good use of this additional resource and I would like to thank the teachers and support staff both from education and Working 4U in helping to ensure no pupil is left behind due to the Coronavirus pandemic.”