Preparing Learners for the Summer

  • #UKEdChat session 606
  • The long summer break can be a stressful time for families in the school community.
  • The optimum amount of homework to give learners over the summer is hotly debated by teachers.
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In the dying ambers of the school year, a time of awards, celebrations, and usually a summer cold for teachers as the yearly drop of adrenaline and caffeine kicks in, schools begin to think about how to support their learners over the summer break and keep things ticking over to allow a good start to the year.

This is often a divisive issue for teachers (what isn’t these days?), and many teachers feel that the summer break is a time that should wholly be given to rest and relaxation, and a time to pursue outside interests. Other teachers see it as an opportunity to do some independent learning because, “You will only get bored”.

However, this may be a summer like no other. The previous two summers of pandemic were no picnic (unless you had an actual picnic), but where poverty is always an issue, the cost of living crisis and the financial worries it brings is a much more widespread concern this year. For many of the families in our school community, the long summer break and looking ahead to a even worse winter financially speaking, it will be a stressful and difficult time. Schools are in a position to offer support to the most in need, but planning to help needs to begin now.

In this #UKEdChat session on Thursday 30th June 2022 at 8pm(UK), we discuss what schools are planning to support pupils’ learning over the summer break, and what schools can do to support the most needy local families as the cost of living bites.


  1. Where do you sit of the ‘work for learners over the summer’ debate? Poll choices: No work | A little work | Lots of work | Other (tell us)
  2. What kind of work do you plan to ask your learners to do over the summer, and why?
  3. Does homework over the summer make an impact over how well the start of the next academy year goes?
  4. How can we ensure that the attainment gap doesn’t widen over the summer break?
  5. How can technology be used to for schools support learners and their families over the summer?
  6. Is your school making provisions to help local families with the cost of living crisis over the summer?
  7. What can school leaders do to support learning and local families over the summer break?
  8. How do you prepare for the summer break to make sure you come back to school ready for another year?

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Martin Burrett is the editor of our popular UKEdMagazine, along with curating resources in the ICTMagic section, and free resources for teachers on UKEd.Directory

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