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Future Foundations Summer School
A research project of the School of Education.
The project is funded by the following grant.
- Future Foundations Summer School (£93390.00 from Education Endowment Foundation)
The aims of the programme were to transform the future for pupils in the year 5 and 6 age group from disadvantaged backgrounds by offering small group academic tuition and the opportunity to take part in a wide range of enrichment activities. The academic content of the intervention focused on attainment in literacy and numeracy.
The programme is loosely based on the US BELL Summer School and BELL Accelerated Learning programmes, and is more closely associated with a pilot study of a programme conducted by Future Foundations in the UK in 2012. All three have evaluated their work as a success, and there are indeed many indicators of success in terms of satisfaction and attitudinal measures. However, none has yet convincingly demonstrated a beneficial impact on student learning for the year 5 and 6 age group, as assessed by formal testing.