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Extracurricular Activities

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 21 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what steps the Government has taken to help local authorities make provision for extended school activities; (249458)

(2) how much funding the Government has given to Coventry City Council’s Children and Families Education Service to fund after-school clubs;

(3) what steps the Government has taken to help local authorities provide after-school activities in schools;

(4) what steps the Government has taken to support local authorities in providing summer activities for children and young people.

£1.3 billion is being made available to local authorities between 2008 and 2011 to support the continuing development of extended services.

This significant investment will enable all schools to offer access to a core offer of extended services by 2010 which includes the provision of before and after school activities (combined with child care in primary schools) from 8 am to 6 pm and during school holidays where there is demand. For the current financial year (2008-09), Coventry local authority is receiving funding of £1.47 million to support the development of extended services. For 2009-10, this will increase to more than £2.12 million. Allocations for 2010-11 have not yet been finalised.

In addition to funding, local authorities and their schools are supported by Government appointed delivery partners who advise on developing and delivering sustainable extended services. The lead delivery partner is the Training and Development Agency.