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This publication looks at the issue of extended schools from a down-to-earth point of view. It aims to help staff by providing a bank of resources and ideas. The extended schools agenda is high profile and yet is very difficult for schools to fulfil. Schools are understandably focused upon the standards agenda. Implementing the Government's wishes to make schools available to parents from 8 am to 6pm 48 weeks a year can be seen as an additional burden. Even where an extended schools coordinator has been appointed they can be 'shared' between so many schools that it makes it difficult to meet the needs of all the schools involved. A patchwork of provision means that there is still great confusion and lack of direction in terms of delivery. It understands the difficulties that schools face and the practical implications of what they're being asked to do. This title aims to help school staff by providing a bank of resources and ideas to help make the job of delivering extended provision more manageable. It provides ideas and templates for each of the core offers and considers some of the health and safety issues involved.
It provides practical assistance in applying for funding, publicising provision and working with other services. In summary, the book will help schools: develop understanding of where the concept came from and what extended provision actually means; audit current provision and establish what to do next; find the capacity to develop their provision; utilise the experiences, facilities and resources provided by local services, voluntary groups, clubs and associations; develop the core offer of extended activities; develop the role of the extended schools coordinator; find ways of funding the role; and, evaluate the effectiveness of provision.
Dr Suzanne O'Connell is a former headteacher of a Junior School in Warwickshire. She has been involved in establishing a range of extended provision including a before and after school club in a Coventry Primary School and a range of adult and family learning opportunities both in Coventry and Warwickshire. She currently works as editor of Primary Leadership Today and oversees the Heads' Legal Guide and SEN Guide for Croner. Her articles on education feature regularly in Headteacher Update and Primary Headship magazines and she is also a regular contributor to Managing Schools Today. Julia Everitt is currently employed as an Extended Schools Cluster Co-ordinator, working with 11 schools in Warwickshire. This role has seen her assist the schools to provide access to the core offer. She has worked closely with the schools to audit their provision, achieve core compliancy and created strong networks with multi-agency partners, to respond to local needs and aspirations. Julia has secured funding and prepared bids for many projects which includes extra-curricular activities, childcare, breakfast clubs and wider community access.