Ipsos MORI was commissioned by the Department for Children Schools and Families (DCSF) to undertake a survey of schools, parents and pupils in relation to current provision, usage and perceptions of extended schools services.
Extended schools offer access to a wide range of services from 8am - 6pm, 48 weeks a year, including school holidays. The core offer of services includes Activities, Childcare, Parenting support, Swift and Easy Access to targeted and specialist services and Community access to school facilities. The Government target is for all schools to be offering these services by 2010.
Some of the key findings show that:
- The most commonly-provided extended services are activities for children and young people, as opposed to services for parents or the community. Nearly all (94%) schools offer activities and/or childcare either at or through their school. In line with this, 88% of parents are aware that activities and childcare are provided by their child's school.
- Around three in five parents (58%) say their child has attended an activity or childcare service provided by their school in the last term.
- A majority of parents and pupils rate the childcare and activities provided by their school positively: 67% of pupils rate the activities available outside lesson times as good, and 60% of parents say the services meet their needs. However, a significant minority (26%) of parents say current offerings do not meet their needs.
- Of the other elements within the extended schools core offer, the most commonly offered service is Swift and Easy Access, mentioned by 76% of schools. Seven in ten schools (70%) say they offer parenting support, and over half provide community access (54%).
- The majority of schools report that they engage in consultation about the development of extended services with parents (86% schools) and pupils (73% schools).
- Over half of schools provide extended services in a cluster and most schools are primarily responsible for the day-to-day provision of extended services. Many work with their local authority, private providers and others to offer access to services.
The school survey comprised 1,901 interviews with staff responsible for co-ordinating extended services within the school while the parent and pupil survey involved 1,021 interviews with parents of primary, secondary and special school pupils, and 1,019 interviews with secondary school pupils. All fieldwork took place between June- August 2008.
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