Cascade to

  • School improvement teams - may want to alert schools to the programme. A list of those schools taking part will be placed on the Department’s website in June 2013.
  • Virtual looked after heads – pupils who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and who are making the transition into Year 7 in September 2013 are eligible. Virtual looked after heads may want to work with schools taking part in the programme to ensure the needs of those pupils are met. 
  • School finance officers – funding for maintained schools taking part in the programme will be paid to local authorities at the end of June 2013 and end October 2013
  • Admissions teams – to be aware that schools taking part in the programme may request unique pupil numbers to identify the Ever6 Free School Meal and looked after pupils moving to them in Year 7 in September 2013. 

Summary

Secondary schools can now apply for the second year of the summer schools programme for disadvantaged pupils. The programme, which makes £50 million available from the Pupil Premium, allows schools to offer a one or two week summer school for disadvantaged pupils moving into Year 7 in September 2013. This extra support will ensure pupils are well-equipped to start school in September ready to learn.

Over 1,700 schools took part in the 2012 programme: 94 per cent of those surveyed said their summer school was a success and 95 per cent said they would take part again.

The deadline for schools to sign up is 31 May 2013.

For more information about the programme go to the summer schools section of the Department’s website.