£200m to extend schools’ services

Parents will be targeted in a new campaign launched this week, to help raise awareness of the range of activities, services and advice available through schools, as latest data shows that more than 90% of schools are now offering extended services.

Over 20,000 schools are currently offering access to services for families in their local communities and thousands of children and parents are already benefiting. The new campaign – including radio and press adverts – aims to get even more families taking up the services available.

Schools are working in partnership with local services in their area to offer a range of activities for families, including:

before and after school clubs
childcare from 8am-6pm
parenting and family support
community use of ICT services

Children’s minister Dawn Primarolo said: “Extended services are a fantastic way for parents and families to access a range of activities, support and advice in a quick and easy way. I hope that our new campaign will help even more families use and benefit from the services on offer in their local area.

“As part of the government’s vision for 21st century schools, we are committed to offering all young people and families access to exciting and constructive activities and services - regardless of background or income. We know that extended services can help to raise young people’s motivation, aspiration and achievement, as well as improve behaviour. That’s why we’ve provided over £200m to subsidise extended services for the most disadvantaged families.”