What are Extended Services?
Extended services are the opportunities and activities identified as needs by children and young people. The provision of extended services contributes to the achievement of the Every Child Matters outcomes. Every Child Matters is a government initiative based on five areas:
- Be Healthy
- Stay Safe
- Enjoy and Achieve
- Make a Positive Contribution
- Achieve Economic Wellbeing
They also take into account the wider community's needs to make sure that everybody in your area can benefit.
What services are provided?
Extended services are based around a 'core offer'. Our core offer is made up of:
- A varied menu of activities - including study support, play, sport, music, volunteering and business and enterprise, in a safe place for primary and secondary schools
- Childcare - from 8.00am to 6.00pm, 48 weeks a year, for primary schools
- Parenting support including family learning
- Swift and easy access to targeted and specialist services - for example, speech and language therapy
- Community access to facilities including adult learning, ICT and sports facilities
Where do they happen
There are a number of places where we can hold extended services as we try to make it convenient for you.
These can include:
- after school clubs at school
- after school clubs at a school near to where you live
- at your local sports centre
- at your nearest youth centre
- at your local community hall
What are the benefits?
Research by Ofsted, the national regulator for schools, has shown that are lots of benefits from extended services including:
- More motivated pupils with improved self confidence
- Better attendance and behaviour
- Allows teachers to focus on teaching and learning
- Helps families adopt healthier lifestyles
- Better access to local services for the community
Where can I find out more
The Extended Services team is led by Francesca Greene:
Phone: 07538 184 733