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Schools - extended services
The development of Extended Services in schools is linked to raising pupil achievement and attainment. The government believes that strategies are in place in the classroom to raise standards - if we are to take the next step and ensure all children maximise their potential we need to deal with the barriers and difficulties that children and families face outside the classroom. Extended Services are planned to do this.
A core offer of extended services
There is a "core offer" of extended services which we hope that all children, young people and families in North Yorkshire will enjoy and access through schools:
Schools will need to respond to the needs of, and work closely with, their community to plan services. Schools are not expected to establish new services where there is no evidence of demand or need and they may not necessarily deliver the activities or services themselves. As a result of this extended services will look very different from school to school across North Yorkshire.
Progress in North Yorkshire
Every school in North Yorkshire is now part of a cluster to develop extended services in partnership with local agencies and each other. Each cluster has an extended school cluster coordinator whose job is to help schools achieve the "core offer" and help communities overcome local barriers to learning and achievement. Increasingly, services are being developed in conjunction with children's centres where possible to ensure services are more 'joined up' (integrated) and better meet the needs of local families and communities.
'A few things have happened at our school lately, it all started when we were asked what we wanted. Now there's a Youth Worker who helps us to organise stuff in the villages after school and in the holidays. I've met loads of new friends and feel happier coming to school' - a student.
'Our local primary school is great. I use the Breakfast Club so that I can drop my son off early on the days I go to college. He really enjoys the club and his teacher says he concentrates in lessons when he's had a good start to the day. I started the college course after I'd been on a computer course up at the school, the tutors were great it gave me confidence and they helped me fill in the application form for my access course'. - a parent.
'Through developing Extended Services we have a Home-School worker and parents have become more involved with the school, this will help to raise achievement and attainment. We have also developed better links with other schools in our area'. - a headteacher.
For further information on which services and activities are available contact your local school.