Students attending a summer transition programme are proven to make as much as four additional months’ progress
Our summer transition programme provides young people the support they need so their transition from Primary to Secondary School is a success. The programme is delivered by teachers and takes place for one week over the course of the summer holidays. We pride ourselves on providing new students with a smooth and extensive programme where students arrive on their first day of school excited about the next chapter of their education, rather than feeling apprehensive about the journey ahead of them.
The programme is both educational and fun with curiosity central, to inspire students to learn. The timetable is interactive, challenging and has clear outcomes. There is a clear focus on identifying the needs of each student and then working with them to maintain their literacy and numeracy levels so that gains in primary school are not lost in transition.
To cap the week off, parents are encouraged to attend graduation on Friday so that students can showcase what they have learnt and celebrate in their success together.
“The importance of a good start to a pupil’s secondary school education cannot be overemphasised. Leaders of successful schools set the right culture for learning that is embraced by their pupils from the outset. They ensure that pupils are well aware of their school’s high expectations for behaviour and conduct, and they have a clear understanding of pupils’ achievement in primary school and build on them from day one.” (OFSTED, KS3: The wasted years? 2015)
Everyone, including the government agrees that summer transition programmes help children in their transition from primary to secondary school. So why after only three years of funding has the government put a stop to a scheme that had so many positive outcomes, for so many young students across the country…
…simply the answer is funding cuts. And with these cuts comes the harsh reality that this decision will affect thousands of young children who need support at such a crucial time in their school career, when they’re making a difficult and daunting transition from primary to secondary school. At this point children move from being a big fish in a relatively small pond to being a very small one in an unfamiliar and overwhelming ocean in comparison. During this transition, a wealth of research shows that academic performance often declines, sometimes markedly in the case of disadvantaged students.
Summer schools are the ideal intervention to stop this waste of potential before it even begins. Having attended a summer school students arrive back to school in September confident and excited for their new journey ahead.
With this funding not likely to return anytime soon, it is our intention to provide affordable opportunities for all students within the South west, providing them with a greater chance of reaching their full potential during a key milestone in their education.
Based on true events, follow Tom on his journey as he tries to overcome his own anxiety and fears about moving from primary to secondary school.
An example of a typical programme:
An example of a typical programme:
Whether it’s an early drop off or ‘more of you at graduation’, we have the package for you
* If your child receives free school meals or has at any point in the past two years you may be entitled to a reduced cost. Contact us to find out more.
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