On Thursday, the Government announced that more than half a million children across England will benefit from a summer school over the summer holidays, backed by over £200 million of investment.
The summer schools will provide a range of extra-curricular and academic activities to boost children’s opportunities to catch-up.
Pupils will benefit from learning essential maths and English skills while getting involved in sports, drama, and music. There will also be the option of theatre trips, workshops with authors, cooking classes, and sports sessions.
The summer schools will help pupils establish and build friendships before the start of the next school year, improving their confidence and mental wellbeing –particularly for Year 7s making the transition up to secondary school.
Mr Metcalfe said “The coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact on the last school year for pupils. It is therefore vital we help everyone affected catch up on lost learning and missed experiences before the start of the next academic year.
“The Summer Schools programme will help set up secondary school pupils in South Basildon & East Thurrock for the future, giving them the best opportunity to reach their full potential and get the education they deserve.”
Schools Minister Nick Gibb said: “It’s very good to see so many children will now have the opportunity to enjoy clubs and activities this summer, building friendships and supporting their mental and physical health, alongside their educational progress.
We have invested £3 billion so far in helping children catch up ahead of the next academic year and summer schools are an integral part of the overall effort to recover from the disruption caused by the pandemic.”