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Extended School

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Summary

By 2010, the Government wants to see all schools providing an additional range of extended services. In this programme, we look at an example of such provision already demonstrated by Gospel Oak School in north London.

The Government's description of extended services includes on-site childcare from 8am to 6pm, outings, parenting support, study support, referrals and community use of schools. At Gospel Oak, there's already an amazing array of clubs, from Albanian language to gardening and cookery. There's also an after-school club, run by Camden Council's Play Service.

School manager Susy Penney discusses how it'ss all funded, and reveals the hard work involved in ensuring that everything is sustainable. Headteacher Alan Seymour explains his conviction that the wealth of provision must be child-focused fun that will underpin better learning, never just a response to a government policy.

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