For four weeks in July-August 2013, Future Foundations organised free summer schools across three sites in London (Islington and Edmonton) and Brighton.

Funded by the Education Endowment Fund (EEF), the overall objective was to provide evidence of the impact of summer schools in improving the progress in literacy and numeracy for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Partner schools identified pupils in Year 5 and 6 who were at risk of not reaching a secure level 4 at the end of Key Stage 2. We worked closely with over 40 schools and several regional partnerships across the three areas to recruit participants and support the programme evaluation led by the EEF.

Future Foundations hired and trained 100 teaching and support staff from across the UK to support the unique classroom model designed for the programme. No more than 20 pupils in each class were supported by one teacher, one mentor and a peer mentor (from the Secondary School were most of the Year 6 pupils would transfer to in the following year). Future Foundations also worked with education specialists to design bespoke curriculums in literacy and numeracy, meeting both the regular requirements for Key Stage 2 as well as the particular needs of pupils within the context of a four-week summer school.

255 pupils were selected on the programme. By offering small group academic tuition in the mornings and a range of sport and enrichment activities in the afternoons, the summer schools aimed to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Reducing summer learning loss through improved academic attainment;
    Further developing pupils’ skills, confidence and aspirations;
    Increasing parental/carer engagement with the learning of their children;
    Making the transition into secondary school easier for new Y7 students.

Read the stories written by some of the participants about their experience.