1166: Village Schools and Extended Services

This paper is summarised from ‘Small Schools, Big Communities: Village Schools and Extended Services’ a report by Capac!ty for the Commission for Rural Communities.

Year of Publication2010

Most schools provide a range of extended services which include: childcare; a various activities and homework clubs; referral to specialist agencies; parenting support; and wider community access to school facilities. These services provide better learning for pupils and positive outcomes for families but how far are schools engaging with families most in need? In rural areas access, cost and transport create challenges for the delivery of a range of services. Small village schools may hold the key to engaging the most disadvantaged families but, remote from neighbouring schools and services, are also part of the challenge of delivery.

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