The Government’s vision for Extended Schools supports the ‘Every Child Matters: Change for Children’ objectives:
- to be healthy
- to be safe
- to enjoy and achieve
- to make a positive contribution
- to achieve economic wellbeing
It identifies types of extended services that all parents and children should be able to access through schools by 2010.
From September 2005 schools have been inspected against the effective provision that they make for young people to achieve these outcomes. The OFSTED (Section 5) inspection report of November 2007 states: ‘Heckmondwike Grammar is an outstanding school’, with a Grade 1 for effectiveness of provision.
What is an Extended School?
An Extended School provides a range of services and activities, often beyond the school day, to help meet the needs of children, their families and the wider community. It recognises that learning happens in homes, with parents, families and communities and it seeks to develop and enhance learning opportunities outside traditional school hours. Provision may or may not be co-located within the school, however collaboration and partnership between all providers must be strong and effective.
Extended schools will be expected to provide the following components of a central core offer
- high quality childcare available 8am - 6pm all year round. For secondary aged young people this relates to the provision of a ‘safe place to be’ before and after school hours.
- a varied menu of activities such as homework clubs, sports, music tuition.
- parenting support including family learning sessions.
- swift and easy referral to a wide range of specialist support services.
- wider community use and access to ICT, sports, arts and including the provision of adult learning.
Not all schools will be expected to offer extended services from their own sites. Expectations for secondary schools will no longer be for them to be open from 8am to 6pm all year round offering a range of activities. The key to the services is the identification of need leading to appropriate provision. The development of systems where regular consultation provides opportunities for updating provision is also necessary.
The Government target is that by 2010 all schools will be delivering the core offer across Kirklees.
HGS is already adjudged to be delivering the core offer.