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Clegg's summer school plan may increase vacancies for teaching jobs

21/09/2011 Joanna
Proposals put forward by Nick Clegg today (September 21st) for a voluntary two-week summer school for 11-year-olds could lead to an increase in teaching jobs.

Speaking at the Liberal Democrat party conference in Birmingham, the deputy prime minister is set to announce plans for a summer school that would aim to help 100,000 youngsters who are at risk of "falling through the cracks".

In a drive to try to increase equality in the education system, the scheme is expected to cost £50 million in England.

The summer school would facilitate catch-up lessons to help students who have fallen behind, while also giving them skills to help them prepare for challenges in the future.

At the age of 11 children are considered to be at a vulnerable juncture in their lives and the Liberal Democrats see the summer school as a potential way to push pupils down the right path.

Mr Clegg is expected to use his keynote speech later today to outline his response to the riots, in what has been described as a starkly different message to that offered by prime minister David Cameron and his Conservative party.

Whereas Mr Cameron's reaction has largely been about the collapse of society's morality and seeing punishment as the best way to proceed, the Lib Dem leader will, to a certain extent, exonerate rioters of blame by acknowledging they had "nothing to lose".

He will tell the conference: "It was about what they could get, here and now, not what lies in front of them, tomorrow and in the years ahead. As if their own future had little value.

"Too many of those young people had simply fallen through the cracks, not just this summer but many summers ago when they lost touch with their own future."

Earlier this week the Liberal Democrat education minister Sarah Teather announced plans to provide free nursery education for two-year-olds from poorer families.

It is expected the summer schools will be means-tested in the same way as free school meals and the new nursery year scheme.

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