New summer schools have opened across the South East this week to help disadvantaged children make the step from primary to secondary school.
Many pupils find daunting the move to a bigger school and a more challenging curriculum, which can lead to falling results.
This summer youngsters on free school meals, or looked-after children, will be eligible to join the first Summer Schools Programme.
Catherine Bearder, an MEP for the South East, said: "These summer schools can be the key to a child's success in later life.
"The step from primary to secondary school can be a really worrying one for many children. If your confidence is knocked at this stage, it is difficult to recover as a child progresses through the school."
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: "This is £50m worth of extra brain training giving tens of thousands of disadvantaged pupils a flying start at secondary school.
"It's two weeks in the summer holidays where pupils can catch up on learning and get to grips with life in secondary school.
"In short, get in the starting blocks ready for the off in September."
For a full list of schools running summer schemes in your area, contact Catherine's office on 01865 249838.