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A POPULAR learning centre for schoolchildren has teamed up with others in Kirklees to beat budget cuts.

The Dewsbury Rams Study Centre offers free after-school sessions in literacy, numeracy and ITC for key stage two and three pupils in the area.

It is one of five learning centres at Kirklees sports grounds currently funded by the government’s Playing for Success scheme.

But in March, the government funding – around 80 per cent of each centre’s £106,000 annual running cost – will end.

The rest of the funding comes from Kirklees Council and hosting venues.

Rams study centre co-ordinator Helen Littlewood said it had joined forces with four other centres to form Kirklees Learning and Support (KLAS) and keep its services running.

“We’re fully funded until the end of March so this term we’ve still got our schools in as normal but we want to be here after that,” she said.

“It’s a fantastic resourse and there’s definitely a future for us. It’s just a new way of working that we’ve got to learn to make successful.”

She said KLAS had set itself up as a community interest company so it would apply for grants that is was not eligible for as part of the council.

“At the moment were putting in bids but one of the other things we’re doing is private tuition,” she said. “We always provide things free for schools but we’re also offering a night each week for private tuition. Hopefully that will help to generate income.

“We’re hoping then we can get back into schools or offer a reduced price. The centre could be on reduced hours to start with but if we’re succesful we could be doing seven days a week.”