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To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 4 February 2016 to Question 24532, on pupils: disadvantaged, how many of the 2,171 secondary schools that chose to take part in the 2015 summer schools programme have confirmed that they will be taking part in 2016.
A decision to end the summer schools programme was made as part of the Spending Review in autumn 2015, and the ending of this specific grant in 2016/17 was included in revenue funding information published on 17 December 2015 in the Education Funding Agency bulletin to schools, colleges, local authorities and other 16 to 19 providers. A copy of this bulletin is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/efa-e-bulletin-17-december-2015-issue-112.
Schools can continue to run a summer school if they wish to, and they will be able to use their pupil premium allocation to fund places for their disadvantaged pupils. Schools are held to account for the progress and attainment of their disadvantaged pupils through performance tables and Ofsted inspection. The Department does not monitor how individual schools spend the pupil premium.