Eric.ed.gov – Future Foundations: Evaluation Report and Executive Summary

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This report documents the results of an evaluation of the Future Foundations Society CIC (Future Foundations) academic summer school which took place in August 2013. The Future Foundations summer school programme is a literacy and numeracy catch-up intervention which provided extra schooling in the summer holidays. Pupils attending the four-week programme followed a specially designed curriculum involving regular literacy and numeracy lessons taught by trained primary and secondary school teachers. The programme took place in the summer of 2013 across three sites in London and the South East: Brighton, Enfield, and Islington. It was targeted at pupils in Years 5 and 6 who were eligible for free school meals (FSM) and at pupils who had not achieved Level 4 in English or maths at the end of Key Stage (KS) 2. The evaluation was set up as a small-scale efficacy trial to test the impact of the summer school. The findings are based on a randomised controlled trial, with individual random allocation to groups to the summer school or a control group who did not receive the intervention. Key conclusions include: (1) Attracting pupils to the summer school, and maintaining high attendance throughout the programme, was challenging; (2) As a result of the trial’s eventual size and the level of pupil dropout, the overall findings of the programme on English or maths are not definitive; (3) However, there is evidence of promise for English, particularly for FSM-eligible and Year 5 pupils, which may warrant further study; (4) The programme was relatively expensive. As a way of improving academic outcomes, alternative approaches delivered during the school year may provide similar benefits for a lower cost; and (5) Future evaluations could explore whether apparent gains for progress in English continue into the secondary phase.

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