The Pupil Premium Summer Schools Programme 2015
West End in Schools provides inspiring summer schools for transitioning Year 6 to 7 students using drama to improve communication schools, promote friend-making, and help nervous students become eager to begin their first term in Year 7.
We can customise the workshop to suit your needs - perhaps to tie in with a creative writing project for example.
A West End Summer School
We will agree the programme with you, but a typical one week or two week summer school would entail the creation of either:
- a devised piece of theatre, inspired by and created by the students telling their own stories.
- a devised piece of theatre, inspired and created by the students who begin by exploring a Shakespeare play and use its themes as their starting point.
The summer school ends with a performance to the students' families, which helps make them feel a part of the school community before the beginning of term.
The work will involve the vast majority of students in performing. Those less interested in performing can participate through design and technical activities.
Previously we have used a staffing ratio of one facilitator to every eight students actually attending, plus one member of school teaching staff available and on call on site.
Our experience is that around 60% of the eligible children attend, which matches the national average, but obviously there will be local differences, and staffing levels will be agreed with you once you have received the expressions of interest.
We are happy to explore mounting a drama taster day or afternoon during the summer term made available to the eligible students.
The engagement we receive from participating young people, and their resulting excitement and pleasure, indicates to us that such a taster day would increase the proportion of students who sign up to the summer school with the benefits that brings for a good start to Year 7.
To enquire further please call Nigel Godfrey on 020 7395 7520, email firstname.lastname@example.org - or fill out our enquiry form.
It's helpful, but not necessary, to have an idea of the number of eligible students.
Fully Funded by the DfE
Schools receive either £250 or £500 guaranteed funding for each signed up pupil for either a one or two week summer school respectively.
The funding is based on the commitment to attend, enabling schools to budget their summer schools effectively.
How to Budget your Summer School
Your DfE funding will be dependent on the number of eligible students that agree to attend. Because we have a flexible team of facilitators we can, once a booking is confirmed, leave finalising the exact number of staff required until after your budget has been confirmed ensuring that your costs and ours come in on budget.
Don't Miss Out on Your Share of £50m from the DfE
Application deadline: 29 May 2015
Worryingly 50% of the schools that contacted us last year were not aware of the guaranteed funding available from DfE.
Schools that take part will be allocated £250 per eligible student (for a one week summer school) or £500 per eligible student (for a two week summer school). The programme is not competitive: all eligible schools that apply on time will be allocated funding.
Eligible students are those who are or have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (FSM & Ever6) and pupils who have been looked after for a day or more by the local authority (LAC) or were previously looked after and left care through being adopted on or after 30 December 2005; under a Special Guardianship Order on or after 30 December 2005; or under a Residence Order on or after 14 October 1991.
More information is on the DfE website.
Official information from the DfE is available on their website.