From catch-up to level-up

Over the Easter period, the Department for Education (DfE) released a new plan to support students by providing £200 million to fund summer schools. This grant is certainly a welcome boon for many educators, but with a variety of challenges already plaguing this year’s summer term, many schools are feeling pressure around whether or not they will even have the capacity to accept the funding. Further uncertainty regarding the details of how the funding is allowed to be used – whether only for curriculum catch-up or for more broadly-based level-up and enrichment activity – has also caused a slower than expected take-up. We’ve had numerous conversations with the DfE over the past few weeks to clear up some of the confusion. So, here are some facts worth knowing:

  1. The simplest way to understand the grant opportunity is to use this equation:
    (Current Year 7 Cohort Size) x £59.70 x 5 Days = Maximum funding opportunity
  2. While the grant size is based on the Year 7 Cohort, you may give support to any secondary school Year Group (including Year 11’s)
  3. The funding is focused on transition. Therefore, summer activities should include a bit of catch-up, as well as additional enrichment opportunities
  4. The DfE Expression of Interest is now closed. Unfortunately, if you have not registered your interest, it is unlikely that you will be able to access the funding
  5. TILG is offering summer school programmes (fully covered under the grant funding) to any school who would like support

After a year of uncertainty for educators and students alike, it is important to take a step back and remind ourselves what this is all about. The mission that each of us is working towards is simple: the success of our young people. So many of us are under significant stress – attempting to reconcile the new assessment regiments, attempting to re-engage learners who have (unsurprisingly) become disengaged in the most challenging year of education in recent history, or just attempting to ensure the mental health of ourselves and our learners.

This summer, it will be necessary to give ourselves a much needed and well-deserved break from the chaos. Therefore, when you think about summer schools, please don’t allow the DfE guidance to become a stress factor. Instead, get in touch and we can help you sort through the guidance, understand the possibilities and, if you’d like us to, even deliver programmes for your learners! Any questions, just send an email to jon@tilg.co.uk – we’re happy to help.

In the meantime, you can find a one page PDF at the link below, summarising all the information you require. Click here – FULLY-FUNDED SUMMER SCHOOL OPPORTUNITY!