Making links 2002: Guidance for summer schools and Year 7 support programmes
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- Making links 2002: Guidance for summer schools
- Activity sheets - Set 1
- Activity sheets - Set 2
- Activity sheets - Set 3
- Activity sheets - Set 4
- Units of work - Set 1
- Units of work - Set 2
- Units of work - Set 3
- Units of work - Set 4
Summer schools are an integral part of the Key Stage 3 National Strategy. They are an important element in a range of provision which supports pupils who are performing below national expectations. They play an important role in giving pupils, who are still at level 3 in the National Curriculum tests, a flying start to their secondary school career by making links between the Year 6 and Year 7 curriculum. Pupils are expected to achieve the targets the summer school coordinator negotiates with them and their Year 6 teachers.
Summer schools strengthen the transition from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3 and incorporate approaches to teaching and learning which pupils are familiar with in the primary strategies but which are applied in the context of the secondary school curriculum and the Frameworks for English and mathematics. Those pupils who leave primary school still at level 3 are given additional support to improve their literacy or numeracy skills during summer school. This support continues throughout Year 7 through well-structured and focused catch-up programmes to enable these pupils to reach level 4 by the end of the year.
This guidance is for those running summer literacy and numeracy schools. It is written specifically for managers and coordinators in schools. It may also be of interest to local education authority (LEA) officers, headteachers and their staff, and other teaching and support staff involved in providing courses for Year 6 and Year 7 pupils.
The guidance seeks to ensure that lessons learned from the summer schools programme in previous years are applied in planning for this year. It highlights the importance of integrating summer schools with the catch-up programmes in Year 7.
The guidance is accompanied by teaching units that provide hours of teaching. Summer school co-ordinators may wish to draw on these units as they provide a balanced scheme of work.