Summer school funding for poorer pupils withdrawn by the government

Summer school funding for poorer pupils withdrawn by the government

Schools will no longer receive additional funding from the government for summer schools, it has been confirmed.

The Education Funding Agency (EFA) today announced it would not continue the funding programme, which is aimed at helping disadvantaged children transition from primary to secondary school.

In June, 900 schools received a share of £9.7 million for summer schools, usually held for between one and two weeks in the school holidays.

A school can receive £250 per pupil, per week, of the summer school.

Research released earlier this year found summer schools had a “small positive effect on transition to secondary school”.

Schools will still be able to use their pupil premium funding for summer schools, but will not receive a separate allocation for them.

A Department for Education spokesperson said: “Providing educational excellence everywhere is at the heart of this Government’s drive to extend opportunity to all pupils.

“That is why we are protecting the core schools budget in real terms and the Pupil Premium rates for the duration of this parliament. Today’s announcement is the first step towards meeting that commitment.

“We are not stopping there though and are taking action to end the unfairness in the school funding system by introducing a national funding formula so every child, no matter where they live in the country, will be funded according to need – meaning areas with the highest need will attract the most funding.”