Minister of State for Schools, David Laws, has announced £50 million for the second year of the summer schools programme.
Eligible schools that have Ever6 FSM pupils ie those who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years, and pupils who have been looked after continuously for more than six months by the local authority (LAC) making the transition into Year 7 in September 2013 can take part in the summer schools programme by completing a short, simple online form, by 31 May 2013.
Schools that opt in will be accessing £50 million of Pupil Premium funding to provide one or two week summer schools. These are aimed at improving transition between primary and secondary school for all Ever6 FSM pupils and LAC pupils who attract the Pupil Premium.
Schools that take part will be allocated £250 per eligible pupil (for a 1 week summer school) or £500 per eligible pupil (for a 2 week summer school).
The programme is not competitive: all eligible schools that apply by 31 May 2013 will be allocated funding to deliver a summer school.
The Department is running the programme using an opt-in model, so it is for schools to decide whether they take part. We would encourage eligible schools to get involved because:
Last year the programme was aimed at FSM and looked after children (LAC) and this year the free school meals (FSM) eligibility for the programme has been extended to Ever6 FSM in addition to publicly funded FSM and LAC at independent special schools.
More information about the programme, including how the funding arrangements will work, are in the FAQs.
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 have 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 have also produced a technical overview report with a detailed analysis of the findings.
Schools participating in the first year of the programme in 2012 told us they had difficulty identifying disadvantaged pupils eligible to attend their summer school from the information they obtained from feeder primaries.
To help schools with their planning and to increase the numbers of eligible pupils who can benefit, the Department has adapted an existing (Key to Success) tool so that schools can upload the Unique Pupil Numbers of the pupils moving into Year 7 in September 2013.
The system will identify which of those pupils are eligible for the summer school. This will include pupils eligible because of their Ever 6 FSM history and those who have been looked after by the local authority continuously for more than six months.
Use the summer schools eligibility identification tool to identify eligible pupils.
Summer Schools programme
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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.
Results and information from the evaluation of the 2012 summer schools programme.
Use this tool to check the Unique Pupil Numbers of the pupils moving into Year 7 in September 2013. The system will identify which of those pupils are eligible for the summer school. Adapted from existing Key to Success tool.
Schools should use this link to apply to take part.