Tackling underperformance is a key issue for most secondary schools. Additional funding announced in this year's budget is specifically targeted to support 'personalised learning' and one of the three main priorities for this expenditure is 'to support intervention and catch-up provision for children who have fallen behind in English and maths'. More of the money is being targeted at secondary schools because of the evidence of fewer students meeting national expectations in the end of KS3 tests than at KS1 and KS2. The KS3 Supporting Writing Skills titles are photocopiable activities, linked to other relevant curriculum subjects, which help struggling pupils catch up with their writing skills. Teachers are having to cater for a growing number of lower ability pupils in the mainstream classroom and these materials are likely to be used by English teachers, LSAs, and SENCOs. They can be used to support students working within the classroom or those who have been extracted. Each page will include very clear teacher's notes, enabling any adult to immediately see the purpose of the page.