Research and analysis

Summer schools programme: impact on pupils

Findings from a survey of disadvantaged 11-year-olds’ views on starting secondary school and whether summer school had changed these.


The impact of the summer schools programme on pupils

The impact of the summer schools programme on pupils: brief


This report forms part of an independent evaluation of the first year of the Department for Education’s summer schools programme for disadvantaged pupils. The main purpose of this initiative is to help those eligible for free school meals and pupils looked after continuously for more than six months by the local authority to make a successful transition from primary to secondary school. A total of 1,776 summer schools were held across England between July and September 2012.

The report sets out the key findings of a survey of 21,065 year 7 pupils from secondary schools across England, which aimed to explore pupils’ feelings towards starting secondary school and the difference made by attending a summer school.

Published 6 June 2013