Education Endowment Foundation:Future Foundations Summer School

Future Foundations Summer School

Future Foundations
Implementation cost
Evidence strength
Impact (months)
+2
months
Project info

Independent Evaluator

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Durham University
A four-week academic summer school for Year 5 and 6 pupils.
Schools: 43 Grant: £543,000
Key Stage: 2 Duration: 1 year(s) 2 month(s) Type of Trial: Efficacy Trial
Completed September 2014

The Future Foundations Society CIC (Future Foundations) summer school programme is a literacy and numeracy catch-up intervention which provided extra schooling in the summer holidays. Pupils attending the four-week programme followed a specially designed curriculum involving regular literacy and numeracy lessons taught by trained primary and secondary school teachers. Lessons were supported by mentors and peer-mentors and generally conducted in small teaching groups. Each afternoon, pupils participated in a variety of sports and enrichment activities. The programme took place across three sites in London and the South East: Brighton, Enfield and Islington in the summer of 2013. It was targeted at pupils in Years 5 and 6 who were eligible for free school meals (FSM) and at pupils who had not achieved Level 4 in English or maths at the end of Key Stage 2.

In 2012, Future Foundations developed, organised and piloted the summer school on one site, in Enfield. Recommendations from the formative evaluation of this pilot, also funded by the Education Endowment Foundation informed the development of the 2013 summer school.

Outcome/​Group
ImpactThe size of the difference between pupils in this trial and other pupils
SecurityHow confident are we in this result?
Overall English
+2
Months' progress
Overall maths
-
Months' progress
FSM-eligible English
+2
Months' progress
N/A
FSM-eligible maths
-2
Months' progress
N/A
Boys only English
+3
Months' progress
N/A
Girls only English
+1
Months' progress
N/A
Boys only maths
-
Months' progress
N/A
Girls only maths
+1
Months' progress
N/A