Summer schools for disadvantaged pupils ‘face closure’ after having funding withdrawn

The Independent is reporting warnings that most of the country’s summer schools for disadvantaged pupils will close next year as a result of having their funding withdrawn.

summer school funding withdrawal EFA

Source: Education Funding Agency

The schools offer catch-up classes for 11-year-olds struggling in maths and English before they start secondary school…

The withdrawal of the funding for next year was announced by the Education Funding Agency in a terse one-line statement which simply said: “Summer school funding will not continue in 2016.”

A survey of 140 schools carried out by youth training specialist Let Me Play, who have run summer schools for the past eight years, revealed that nearly two-thirds of schools would not run the summer schools without the targeted funding.  In addition, 98.62 per cent of respondents said they believed the schools had had an impact on the participating pupils…

Amy Lalla, director of Let Me Play, said:  “The decision is entirely at odds with David Cameron’s professed aim to increase social mobility and tackle entrenched social problems.  It made a huge difference when additional funding was made available for summer schools three years ago: up to 2,000 schools have accessed the money.”

“This is the point at which many disadvantaged young people fall by the wayside.  They’re moving from being a big fish in a small pond to being a very small one in a very large, unfamiliar environment that often simply overwhelms them – and the impact on their attainment can be disastrous. If they falter at this stage, we know that many will never catch up.”

The Department for Education is encouraging schools to keep the summer schools going – and suggest that they use money from the pupil premium, allocated to schools for every free school meals pupils, to pay out…

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You see the announcement from the EFA at: EFA e-bulletin for schools, colleges, local authorities and other 16 to 19 providers: 17 December 2015

 

Were you aware of this change? What impact will it have on your summer schools and what impact, more broadly, will there be if a large proportion of these summer schools which are designed to help transition for disadvantaged children do close?

And is the DfE making a reasonable point in suggesting pupil premium money should be allocated to keep the summer schools going?

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Comments

  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Once again what politicians say and what they do are polar opposites; the Pupil Premium money is already being spent

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove The arrogance with which this has been “announced” is phenomenal. PP money already targeted so expect all these to close

  3. secretunionrep

    SchoolsImprove I’m surprised that anyone thinks Cameron gives a hoot about social mobility. Talk is cheap, his actions are true blue Tory

  4. peterabarnard

    SchoolsImprove There have been may hundreds of useful initiatives suddenly abandoned. Governments clueless & unable to systems think

  5. thiskidsthinkin

    So,schools are to use the pupil premium money they have (most likely) already spent to help disadvantaged children? Govt is run by halfwits!

  6. acet2001

    SchoolsImprove But it saves money and that’s all Govt cares about. Every education initiative is about saving money no matter how presented

  7. acet2001

    SchoolsImprove Some well intentioned people thought new SEN framework was about improving lives but it was only ever about saving money.

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