Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, said: “Today’s data shows that a significant number of secondary schools have decided to run a summer school. However, it is important to remember that summer schools are only one part of the important recovery work schools are doing and they won’t be right for everybody. Leaders will have taken into account the unique needs and characteristics of their communities when making decisions around summer schools. We shouldn’t lose sight of the range of other important initiatives schools will be running to support pupils.
“Everyone in education understands that ‘recovery’ is a long-term project requiring concerted effort and investment. Schools stand ready to undertake this work. In order for it to be effective, the government needs to raise its game when it comes to funding, and provide a much fuller programme of investment over the coming years than we’ve seen so far.”
First published 29 July 2021