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Secondary Education

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 15 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of secondary schools offer wrap-around care (a) before school, (b) after school and (c) before and after school in each local authority area. (247055)

We want all schools to offer access to a core offer of extended services by 2010. Secondary schools are not expected to offer formal wraparound child care. Instead they are expected to provide access to a varied menu of activities such as study support, sports clubs, music tuition, dance, drama and art clubs 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.

We are making good progress with local authorities reporting that more than 15,190 schools, around 67 per cent. of all maintained schools including 2,590 secondary (77 per cent.), now providing access to the full core offer and many more already providing access to the varied menu of activities aspect of the core offer.