New government-backed guidance from the Education Endowment Foundation has set out the interventions schools could spend their additional catch-up funding on. According to the guidance, summer programmes ‘can benefit pupils socially and academically, helping to ensure that they return to school ready to learn’.
This support can focus on a ‘wide range of outcomes’, and include a ‘wide range of activities such as sports, music and drama that children might have missed out on during lockdown’.
Here is a guide from Teach First about running a summer school.
We know that some schools have always run transition weeks or holiday clubs and some may be considering running summer schools this year that also include opportunities to re-engage with literacy activities that pupils might have missed in lockdown.
We are keen to support any professional wishing to run a holiday club or summer school, so we have collected suitable literacy resources together on one handy page.
The activities available include:
- Young Readers at Home (5 to 8) - includes an activity pack designed for children to work through independently or with the support of an adult. (Key Stage 1)
- Premier League Primary Stars - uses the appeal of the Premier League to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills. (Key Stage 2)
- Happy News project - is an activity for Year 6 pupils to focus on wellbeing while developing journalistic writing and reading skills. (Key Stage 3)
- Skills Academy - improves students’ reading, rewarding their progress in a fun and engaging way, using freestyle football and beat boxing. (Key Stage 3)
What’s more, teachers and summer school leaders can also use the free digital books, exclusive author videos and engaging literacy activities on our Family Zone site to support children's learning.