Summer school advice

IT is time to look ahead to those lazy, hazy days and prepare for, well, school again. Only this time to summer schools, which seemed to have died a death earlier this year when the Government told schools they could spend the pound;10,500 per school (pound;22 million overall) aimed at easing children's transfer to secondary in anyway they chose.

As the Government still regards them as an integral part of the key stage 3 national strategy, the Department for Education and Skills has just issued guidance for heads and teachers still wishing to run summer schools to ensure that lessons learned from the programme in the past four years are applied in planning for 2002. It highlights the importance of integrating summer schools with the catch-up programmes in Year 7.

Making links: guidance for summer schools, www.standards.dfes.gov.ukkeystage3 or from DFES Publications, tel: 0845 60 222 60.

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