Unfinished business: where next for extended schools?

Post date: 
19 September 2016

Evidence shows that wraparound childcare can help parents stay in work, while sports and arts activities can improve children’s ‘soft’ skills and motivation to learn, leading to better educational and employment outcomes.

This report by CPAG and the Family and Childcare Trust takes stock of the extent and success of extended schools by mapping the current provision in England and comparing it with parental demand for services.

Drawing on surveys of more than 1,000 head teachers and 1,200 children, the report finds that extended schools are failing to match parents’ needs for afterschool and holiday childcare.