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2015 | 2(46) | 28-34

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Extended schools as an innovative structural component of the system of secondary education of Great Britain

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The article focuses on the specifics of the provision of the services provided by British extended schools. Extended services are designed primarily to raise standards of achievement and allow children to realize their full potential in an environment where education is valued. The tasks set by extended schools are determined: their services help parents to balance work and family commitments, develop parenting skills, become involved in children’s learning and support them in their efforts, and broaden the range of pupils’ interests. Extended schools are encouraged to work in partnership with neighboring schools, local statutory, voluntary or community agencies or groups, to provide a more integrated set of support services, to be able to identify people requiring help and organize it in the quickest possible time. The main types of available activities (after-school clubs and summer schemes; study support; play and recreation; sport and fitness classes; drama; music; ICT, cookery and language lessons; arts, crafts and other special interest clubs; volunteering, business and enterprise activities) are highlighted by the author. It is stated that the services offered by the school might include childcare, learning and recreational activities for all members of the community. A network of cooperation of the extended school with suppliers of social services at the present stage is considered. The author stresses that extended schools recognize the need to work in partnership with other agencies (such as health and social care) to help children and young people achieve their potential. The activities provided by each school are designed according to the particular pupil, family and community needs that have been identified. These services are mostly provided around the core school day either at a nearby school, or facility under the supervision of dedicated staff. It is believed that easier access to multi-disciplinary teams favours both pupils and teachers. The article emphasizes on the important objectives of this innovation – to provide extra help to children falling behind their peers, to find the best way to help an individual pupil to learn, to look at both the pupil’s learning needs and at overcoming barriers to learning that may come from outside the school. Pupils can benefit through early support so that these problems do not get in the way of their learning, and teachers are able to concentrate on teaching. Pupils achieving high standards can be offered more challenging work to stretch them further. It has been summarized that the implementation of extended schools contributes to modern educational process making it more efficient, and enhancing the competitiveness of each individual school and the education system as a whole.



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