ASCL comment on summer schools

30/03/2021
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on government guidance on summer schools.
 
Commenting on government guidance on summer schools, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:
 
“We welcome this investment in education recovery, and we are sure that many schools will take up the offer of funding for summer schools. These programmes have the potential to be useful additions to wider work in supporting pupils following the past year of disruption caused by the pandemic.
 
“We are pleased the government has made school participation in this programme voluntary and given schools flexibility over the design of the programmes they offer. Schools are best placed to decide what works best in their context and the challenge with summer schools is on how to ensure the attendance of children who most need additional support.
 
“Summer schools are obviously only one strand of education recovery and the government will need to invest in a much more significant long-term plan to support children and young people in the wake of the pandemic - as the Education Secretary has acknowledged.”