ASCL comment on summer schools for Year 7 pupils

29/07/2021
Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the government’s announcement that 74% of eligible mainstream secondary schools across England have opted to host a summer school.
 
Commenting on the government’s announcement that 74% of eligible mainstream secondary schools across England have opted to host a summer school, Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, said:
 
“Schools have risen enthusiastically to the challenge thrown down by the government to lay on summer schools for Year 7 pupils making the transition from primary to secondary education.
 
“Many of these pupils face significant challenges making the step up to secondary school following an unprecedented 17 months of disruption to their education caused by the pandemic, not only in terms of academic progress but also in forging relationships with other students and their new teachers.
 
“Many schools will use summer activities to support pupils’ wellbeing, using team games, music, drama and sports activities, as well as the opportunity to offer face-to-face support to those needing extra help with English and maths. 
 
“Not every school will have been able to do this, possibly because of the logistics involved in organising and staffing summer schools or possibly because of doubts about take-up among students, or a mixture of both.
 
“Summer schools are only the start of a much larger process and there needs to be a lot more focus from the government on education recovery once all pupils are back in the classroom.”