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Extended Hours

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 24 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in England have been operating extended hours from 8 am to 6 pm five days a week since the beginning of the autumn term. (96212)

[holding answer 23 October 2006]: 2,237 primary schools and 708 secondary schools were delivering the extended schools full core offer of activities at the beginning of the autumn term. The core offer includes primary schools providing access to child care from 8 am to 6 pm all year round where there is local demand and secondary schools offering access to a range of activities for young people from 8 am to 6 pm where there is local demand. The rest of the core offer is comprised of parenting support, swift and easy referral and opening up facilities to the wider community.

What the provision looks like in practice will vary according to the needs of each community, based on consultation through schools. Some schools may not have identified a local need for services from 8 am to 6 pm and may be meeting the needs of parents and children through activities or child care with different opening hours.