Another new offering comes from Kingsley School.
As one would expect in 2023 there is certainly an increased focus on pastoral provision offered during Summer School stays; “For many students and their families, Summer 2023 will be the first time that many students will have travelled independently. To this end we are increasing the size of our pastoral teams to provide more support, reduce the chances of home sickness and so enable students to reach out to make meaningful connections with other students from around the world,” says Will Finlayson, Director of Summer Boarding Courses
Located on the North Devon Coast the school has launched a Surf & English course & Moreton Hall hopes to revamp and reintroduce its parent & child Summer school in 2024, enabling young people from 3-12 and their parents to experience life and learning in the UK together.
Covid not only impacted on student mental health and ability to travel, in person, to attend summer schools, but it also highlighted huge volatility in world economic markets. Traditionally, pre pandemics, Summer schools focused on improving English language skills and cultural visits, but now, post pandemic, some providers are particularly keen to highlight the value of their academic offerings to help students prepare for higher education and the world of work.
As Jon Halligan, Director of Bucksmore Education points out; “There is very little scope to provide valuable additions (such micro certifications / qualifications, career experiences etc) in an already crowded school-based curriculum. As an academic short course provider (delivered via summer schools) we offer courses to students across a wide range of certifications and experiences that can help enhance their academic profile and subsequently their university application.”
Mark Jeynes, Director of Bishopstrow College, confirms the increased interest in academic programmes; “we are seeing really strong demand for our Term 4 and two (5-week) Academic Summer Programmes, with a waitlist already in operation.”
Ceara Fisher from St Bees highlights; “STEM is a key focus of our summer programme – we want more than just some English and Maths. We want to prepare these students for the global world of tomorrow.”
Some organisations are going beyond an academic focus, offering instead work experience at the core of their programmes. InvestIN Education is the only global provider offering ‘immersive career experiences’ that enable students to gain hands-on experience alongside industry professionals during the summer, with up to 18 different career programmes to choose from, including medicine, engineering and law. Work experience opportunities were badly affected by Covid, so it comes as no surprise that interest in practical work experience programmes continues to grow, as young people prepare for the transition into higher education and are looking for ways to boost their UCAS applications.
So, there is plenty new to excite Summer school students in the UK this summer and fingers crossed levels of providers and students increase again in the years ahead…
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