Summer Schools

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Are you running a summer school for 11-year-olds in 2012? It goes without saying that it will be fun, interesting and full of learning activities. You can capture all these things and reward students' achievements using ASDAN's Stepping Stones programme.

The Summer Schools programme is a Government initiative that aims to help disadvantaged pupils make a successful transition from primary to secondary school. The first summer schools will take place during the 2012 school summer holidays. Secondary schools are invited to opt in to the programme by completing a short online form available on the DfE website.

ASDAN's Stepping Stones is designed to support transition from primary to secondary school through a range of challenges, which can be used to help structure summer school activities while encouraging personal skills development. Tutors can claim personalised certificates from ASDAN to reward the work each student has done as part of their summer school.

Download the Stepping Stones information pack for further information.

Other options for accrediting Summer Schools achievements include:

Schools can claim Summer School funding for:

  • pupils who are registered for free school meals (FSM)
  • pupils who have been looked after in public care continuously for six months.

In September 2011, the Deputy Prime Minister announced that £50 million would be made available for the Summer Schools programme. The DfE has stated that £500 will be available for each disadvantaged pupil for the two-week summer school, and funding will be £250 per pupil for a one-week summer school.

Please see the DfE website for further information and FAQ about Summer School funding.