Following the first year of the summer schools programme, the Minister of State for Schools, David Laws, announced £100 million for the 2013 and 2014 summer schools programme in September 2012. The 2013 programme closed on 31 May 2013. The detail of the 2014 programme is being developed and will be made available in due course.
The 2012 programme was open to eligible schools that had free school meal (FSM) pupils or looked-after children (LAC) pupils making the transition into year 7 at their school in September 2012. FSM pupils are pupils that have been recorded as eligible for free school meals and LAC pupils are pupils who have been looked after continuously for more than 6 months by the local authority. In 2013 the eligibility criteria was extended to Ever6 FSM, so pupils that have been recorded as eligible for FSM during the last 6 years.
Schools were encouraged to take part in the programme because:
Schools were funded to provide 1- or 2-week summer schools. Schools were allocated £250 per eligible pupil (for a 1-week summer school) or £500 per eligible pupil (for a 2-week summer school).
The department commissioned the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) and consultancy firm Ecorys to evaluate the 2012 summer schools programme for disadvantaged pupils. The evaluation found that:
NFER and Ecorys prepared a short report which captures the key evaluation findings and some top tips schools may find useful when setting up their summer school.
NFER and Ecorys produced a technical overview report with a detailed analysis of the findings.
The second phase of the evaluation looked at the impact of summer schools. The evaluation found that:
However, attending a summer school explained a relatively small proportion of the variance in pupils’ attitude scores.
Pupils who said they enjoyed their summer school had significantly higher scores for confidence, school readiness and socialisation.
NFER and Ecorys prepared a short report which captures the key evaluation findings and some recommendations that schools may find useful when planning a summer school.
Useful information gathered from the 2012 summer schools programme evaluation.
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A summary from the UK and abroad of summer school features which have been found to be effective.
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Detail of a 50% rise in the pupil premium.