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Summer Schools

Background As   part   of   its   plans   to   support   pupils   who   have   been   impacted   by   the   pandemic,   the   DfE   has   provided funding   for   schools   to   establish   short   summer   schools   over   the   2021   summer   holiday.   Detailed   advice and   guidance   was   published   by   the   DfE   in   March   2021   and   can   be   accessed   on   the   Government’s Summer schools programme web page. Main features of the programme The   summer   schools   programme   is   a   voluntary   scheme   for   state-funded   secondary   and   special   schools, non-maintained   special   schools   and   pupil   referral   units.   While   the   DfE   has   confirmed   that   providers   will be   able   to   offer   places   to   any   pupils   who   they   believe   would   benefit   most   from   such   provision,   it   has identified   those   who   will   be   starting   year   7   in   September   as   the   priority   group. This   position   is   justified   on the   grounds   that   these   pupils   will   have   missed   a   significant   proportion   of   face-to-face   teaching   at   key stage   2   and   will,   as   a   result,   ‘have   missed   valuable   preparation   for   secondary   education’.   Schools   are also   asked   to   encourage   vulnerable   children   or   those   with   an   Education   Health   and   Care   (EHC)   plan   to attend provision. The   DfE   envisages   the   programme   involving   a   blend   of   academic   content,   including   additional   support   in English   and   mathematics   to   prepare   pupils   for   the   secondary   curriculum,   as   well   as   enrichment   activities such   as   team   games,   music,   drama   or   sports   activities.   Further   details   of   the   types   of   activities   that   could be included in summer school programmes are set out in the DfE’s guidance. Summer   schools   are   intended   to   complement   rather   than   replace   primary   to   secondary   transition   work that   schools   might   normally   undertake   during   term   time.   It   will   be   a   requirement   of   the   programme   that all   activities   are   undertaken   during   the   summer   holiday   period.   Schools   will   have   the   flexibility   to   provide activities   for   one   cohort   of   pupils   over   a   single   two-week   period   or   for   two   cohorts   over   two   different weeks. While   the   summer   school   programme   is   centred   on   schools,   the   guidance   is   clear   that   it   is   possible   to draw   upon   other   organisations   and   children’s   services   sector   organisations.   Schools   may   also   co- operate in the provision of summer schools if it is more effective for them to do so. Funding and applications The   DfE   has   allocated   £200m   to   fund   the   provision   of   summer   schools.   Funding   for   each   provider   will   be based   on   the   school   or   schools’   existing   year   7   cohort,   although   those   schools   with   a   small   year   7   cohort will   receive   no   less   than   £1,000   if   they   make   summer   school   provision   available.   In   all   other   cases,   the level   of   funding   for   schools   will   be   based   on   up   to   50%   of   their   year   7   cohort   being   offered   a   place   on   a two-week programme or 100% of the cohort being offered a week-long programme place. Funding   will   equate   to   £597   per   two-week   pupil   place   or   £1,791   per   pupil   place   in   a   special   school, special   unit   within   mainstream   schools   and   alternative   provision.   The   DfE   has   suggested   that   additional funding   may   be   available   for   pupils   offered   provision   above   this   allocation,   although   this   has   yet   to   be confirmed.   Schools   may   also   use   funding   from   other   sources,   including   the   pupil   premium   or   the   catch- up   premium.   The   DfE   has   published   allocations   for   secondary   schools   based   on   the   size   of   their   Year   7 cohorts. Schools   will   need   to   confirm   their   intention   to   participate   in   the   programme   by   the   end   of April.   They   will be   expected   to   develop   their   plans   by   mid-June   when   they   will   be   required   to   confirm   to   the   DfE   the number   of   places   they   intend   to   offer   and   the   nature   of   the   activities   they   will   provide.   Claim   forms   will need   to   be   submitted   to   the   DfE   in   September   indicating   the   number   of   pupil   days   offered   and   taken   up, with funds being sent to schools in the October funding round. Staffing The   DfE’s   guidance   makes   clear   that   any   teacher   working   in   a   summer   school   should   be   doing   so voluntarily.   Teachers   employed   under   the   terms   of   the   School   Teachers’   Pay   and   Conditions   Document (STPCD)   cannot   be   required   to   work   at   weekends   or   out   of   normal   term   dates   unless   express   provision is   made   for   such   working   in   their   contracts.   Similar   contractual   provisions   are   likely   to   be   in   place   in   the majority   of   academies   and   free   schools.   Any   member   concerned   that   the   voluntary   principle   on   working in   summer   schools   is   not   being   respected   by   their   school   or   employer   should   contact   the   NASUWT   immediately for further support and advice. Members   paid   on   the   main   or   upper   pay   ranges   of   the   STPCD   who   chose   to   participate   in   summer schools   are   eligible   to   be   paid   under   the   Additional   Allowance   provisions   set   out   in   paragraph   26   of   the STPCD.    Members    in    academies    and    free    schools    should    check    their    terms    and    conditions    of employment   to   confirm   that   similar   provisions   are   in   place.   Where   members   chose   to   undertake   this work,   it   is   important   to   note   that   providers   will   be   expected   to   adhere   to   the   DfE’s   coronavirus   guidance for    schools.    Members    should    also    ensure    that    the    NASUWT’s    expectations    and    advice    on    the management of Covid-related health and safety issues are being met. The   DfE’s   guidance   confirms   that   schools   can   engage   supply   teachers   to   undertake   this   work   as   well   as members   of   the   wider   school   workforce.   Community   volunteers   may   also   be   deployed   in   summer schools,   although   providers   will   need   to   ensure   that   the   checking   and   risk   assessment   requirements   set out in statutory guidance on safeguarding are met in full. It   is   likely   that   schools   taking   part   in   the   programme   will   seek   information   about   pupils   who   may   be invited   to   attend   a   summer   school   from   feeder   primary   schools.   It   is   essential   that   teachers,   SENCOs Designated   Safeguarding   Leads   or   school   leaders   who   may   be   asked   to   provide   this   information   are given sufficient time and space to do so within the school day.
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241 Leeds Road, Rothwell, Leeds.  LS26 0GR  Tel: 0113 201 4281    email: leedsnasuwt@nasuwt

Coronavirus Hub

https://www.nasuwt.org.uk/advice/health-safety/coronavirus- guidance.html

Summer Schools

Background As   part   of   its   plans   to   support   pupils   who   have   been   impacted   by the    pandemic,    the    DfE    has    provided    funding    for    schools    to establish   short   summer   schools   over   the   2021   summer   holiday. Detailed   advice   and   guidance   was   published   by   the   DfE   in   March 2021   and   can   be   accessed   on   the   Government’s   Summer   schools programme web page. Main features of the programme The   summer   schools   programme   is   a   voluntary   scheme   for   state- funded    secondary    and    special    schools,    non-maintained    special schools   and   pupil   referral   units.   While   the   DfE   has   confirmed   that providers   will   be   able   to   offer   places   to   any   pupils   who   they   believe would   benefit   most   from   such   provision,   it   has   identified   those   who will   be   starting   year   7   in   September   as   the   priority   group.   This position    is    justified    on    the    grounds    that    these    pupils    will    have missed    a    significant    proportion    of    face-to-face    teaching    at    key stage   2   and   will,   as   a   result,   ‘have   missed   valuable   preparation   for secondary    education’.    Schools    are    also    asked    to    encourage vulnerable   children   or   those   with   an   Education   Health   and   Care (EHC) plan to attend provision. The   DfE   envisages   the   programme   involving   a   blend   of   academic content,   including   additional   support   in   English   and   mathematics to    prepare    pupils    for    the    secondary    curriculum,    as    well    as enrichment   activities   such   as   team   games,   music,   drama   or   sports activities.   Further   details   of   the   types   of   activities   that   could   be included   in   summer   school   programmes   are   set   out   in   the   DfE’s guidance. Summer   schools   are   intended   to   complement   rather   than   replace primary   to   secondary   transition   work   that   schools   might   normally undertake    during    term    time.    It    will    be    a    requirement    of    the programme   that   all   activities   are   undertaken   during   the   summer holiday   period.   Schools   will   have   the   flexibility   to   provide   activities for   one   cohort   of   pupils   over   a   single   two-week   period   or   for   two cohorts over two different weeks. While   the   summer   school   programme   is   centred   on   schools,   the guidance     is     clear     that     it     is     possible     to     draw     upon     other organisations     and     children’s     services     sector     organisations. Schools   may   also   co-operate   in   the   provision   of   summer   schools   if it is more effective for them to do so. Funding and applications The   DfE   has   allocated   £200m   to   fund   the   provision   of   summer schools.   Funding   for   each   provider   will   be   based   on   the   school   or schools’    existing    year    7    cohort,    although    those    schools    with    a small   year   7   cohort   will   receive   no   less   than   £1,000   if   they   make summer   school   provision   available.   In   all   other   cases,   the   level   of funding   for   schools   will   be   based   on   up   to   50%   of   their   year   7 cohort   being   offered   a   place   on   a   two-week   programme   or   100% of the cohort being offered a week-long programme place. Funding   will   equate   to   £597   per   two-week   pupil   place   or   £1,791 per   pupil   place   in   a   special   school,   special   unit   within   mainstream schools   and   alternative   provision.   The   DfE   has   suggested   that additional   funding   may   be   available   for   pupils   offered   provision above    this    allocation,    although    this    has    yet    to    be    confirmed. Schools   may   also   use   funding   from   other   sources,   including   the pupil   premium   or   the   catch-up   premium.   The   DfE   has   published allocations   for   secondary   schools   based   on   the   size   of   their   Year   7 cohorts. Schools   will   need   to   confirm   their   intention   to   participate   in   the programme   by   the   end   of   April.   They   will   be   expected   to   develop their   plans   by   mid-June   when   they   will   be   required   to   confirm   to the   DfE   the   number   of   places   they   intend   to   offer   and   the   nature   of the    activities    they    will    provide.    Claim    forms    will    need    to    be submitted   to   the   DfE   in   September   indicating   the   number   of   pupil days   offered   and   taken   up,   with   funds   being   sent   to   schools   in   the October funding round. Staffing The   DfE’s   guidance   makes   clear   that   any   teacher   working   in   a summer   school   should   be   doing   so   voluntarily.   Teachers   employed under    the    terms    of    the    School    Teachers’    Pay    and    Conditions Document   (STPCD)   cannot   be   required   to   work   at   weekends   or out   of   normal   term   dates   unless   express   provision   is   made   for such   working   in   their   contracts.   Similar   contractual   provisions   are likely   to   be   in   place   in   the   majority   of   academies   and   free   schools. Any   member   concerned   that   the   voluntary   principle   on   working   in summer    schools    is    not    being    respected    by    their    school    or employer    should    contact    the    NASUWT     immediately    for    further support and advice. Members   paid   on   the   main   or   upper   pay   ranges   of   the   STPCD who   chose   to   participate   in   summer   schools   are   eligible   to   be   paid under   the   Additional   Allowance   provisions   set   out   in   paragraph   26 of   the   STPCD.   Members   in   academies   and   free   schools   should check   their   terms   and   conditions   of   employment   to   confirm   that similar    provisions    are    in    place.    Where    members    chose    to undertake   this   work,   it   is   important   to   note   that   providers   will   be expected   to   adhere   to   the   DfE’s   coronavirus   guidance   for   schools. Members   should   also   ensure   that   the   NASUWT’s   expectations and   advice   on   the   management   of   Covid-related   health   and   safety issues are being met. The    DfE’s    guidance    confirms    that    schools    can    engage    supply teachers   to   undertake   this   work   as   well   as   members   of   the   wider school   workforce.   Community   volunteers   may   also   be   deployed   in summer   schools,   although   providers   will   need   to   ensure   that   the checking   and   risk   assessment   requirements   set   out   in   statutory guidance on safeguarding are met in full. It   is   likely   that   schools   taking   part   in   the   programme   will   seek information   about   pupils   who   may   be   invited   to   attend   a   summer school   from   feeder   primary   schools.   It   is   essential   that   teachers, SENCOs   Designated   Safeguarding   Leads   or   school   leaders   who may   be   asked   to   provide   this   information   are   given   sufficient   time and space to do so within the school day.