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Extended Schools Programme

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 10 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the extended schools programme in Gravesham. (92432)

There are 75 schools in Kent delivering the extended schools full core offer of activities and of these four are primary schools in the constituency of Gravesham. These schools are offering childcare from 8am-6pm (where needed) all year round; a varied menu of study support activities; a range of specialist health and social care services; and are opening up facilities to the wider community.

Research from Ofsted and from the Universities of Manchester and Newcastle has shown that extended services can have a positive impact for children, improving behaviour, attendance and pupil achievement and helping to reduce exclusions. The first year evaluation of extended schools also showed that the services helped teachers refocus upon teaching and learning.

The expectation is that all schools will become extended schools by 2010. A good start has already been made with over 3,000 primary and secondary schools in England offering extended services, exceeding the Government’s aim of 2,500 extended schools by September 2006.