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After-School Activities (Redbridge)

Volume 405: debated on Wednesday 14 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what after-school activities are available in the London borough of Redbridge. [111740]

Redbridge receives funding from my Department to provide after school study support opportunities for young people in the area: £284,859 this year through the Standards fund. We allow individual schools and local authorities the freedom to decide which activities best meet local needs. Study support can range from homework and study clubs to special-interest activities including the creative arts and ICT, and many of these take place after school.Redbridge has also received two grants totalling £527,050 through the New Opportunities fund to provide out of school hours activities. The first grant targets approximately 10 schools in the Hainault and Loxford areas and the second has introduced activities into more than 15 other schools in the borough. Many of these activities take place after school, and include a Bollywood Dance Club, girls' football, and a zoology club.Redbridge has, in addition, been awarded £795,343 by the New Opportunities fund for after-school childcare to date, and is on course to meet its DfES target of 1,387 places to be created before June 2003. It has also received an extra capital allocation of £22,000.