£50 million summer school fund launched


A £50 million summer schools fund to help the most disadvantaged pupils has been set up by the government. The money will help up to 100,000 pupils making the transition from primary to secondary school, a time when Ofsted research shows performance can take a significant dip.
Secondary schools can sign up for £500 for every disadvantaged pupil taking part in a two-week summer school.  The money applies to all pupils transferring in to Year 7 who are on Free School Meals or have been in care for six months or more.

Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, said: "As any parent knows, the move from primary to secondary school can sometimes be tough.  For those who struggle to make the jump, there can be a dip in performance that can last for years. We know that those who struggle most are often among the poorest in society, but we also know that just two weeks’ activities and education can help them at this tricky time in their lives."

Children’s Minister Sarah Teather said: "Evidence shows that disadvantaged children can slip further behind as they move into secondary school, so we know that heads and governors will be keen to build on their own induction arrangements and support these children.

As well as this £50m fund, we are making significant extra funding available through the Pupil Premium. This will help schools tackle the inequalities that have been a part of our educational system for far too long. Thousands of children will finally be getting the extra support they need to succeed."

Secondary schools can opt in by providing a few key pieces of information, such as how many pupils they expect to attend and how long they will run the school for, in a web form available on the DfE website. Applications must be submitted by 30 April 2012.