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Schools: Extracurricular Activities

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 16 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the percentage of schools that offer after school activities until 6 pm in England, broken down by (a) region and (b) constituency. (157728)

We do not collect information centrally on the number of schools providing after school activities. We do, however, have information on the number and percentages of schools providing access to the full core offer of extended services in England. For primary schools this includes providing access to child care and a varied menu of activities. For secondary schools it includes providing access to a varied menu of activities. The lists which have been placed in the Library show the number and percentage of schools in each region and constituency that are providing access to full core offer of extended services.

There are many other schools which are already providing parts of the core offer, including a varied menu of activities, and developing access to other services which are not yet included in these figures.

We want all schools to offer access to extended services by 2010, including providing access to a range of activities, with at least half of all primary and a third of secondary schools doing so by September 2008. Primary schools are expected to provide, as part of the core offer, access to affordable child care at or through their school from 8 am to 6 pm all year round, which is linked to a varied menu of activities. Secondary schools are not expected to offer formal child care but they are expected to provide access to a varied menu of activities in a safe place to be, before and after school from 8 am to 6 pm and during the school holidays in response to demand. Activities may include study support activities such as sports clubs, music tuition, dance, drama and art clubs.

We are providing over £1.1 billion for extended schools in England for the period 2008-09 to 2010-11.