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ERIC Number: EJ791749
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1533-8916
The Ideas and Rationale behind the Extended Schools Agenda in England
Mortlock, Fiona
New Directions for Youth Development, n116 p49-57 Win 2007
In June 2005 the British government launched the Extended Schools Agenda to complement and add value to the Every Child Matters Framework. Every Child Matters is the British approach to collect and align multiple efforts by organizations such as hospitals, schools, volunteer groups, and afterschool programs for youth up to the age of nineteen to gain safe passage to adulthood. Funding--840 million pounds--was put in place to support the program. The aim was that by 2008, 50 percent of approximately twenty-four thousand primary schools (serving children four to eleven years old) and one-third of all secondary schools would be able to offer at least some part of the extended schools program, and by 2010 every school can provide access to year-round extended services including learning, sports, and the arts. The agenda also aims to incorporate new partnerships that constitute family support incorporating the health service, social service, and private and voluntary sector. Ultimately the Extended Schools Agenda is about supporting parents and families in work and bringing economic well-being and advancement to disadvantaged communities. It is not just about the children and young people, but about the whole community and how to get access to a wide range of services into a place that is user friendly. It is not a new one. In order to capitalize on the spotlight that has been thrown on it and a considerable amount of money that is being invested in this agenda, local authorities have realized that involving the young people for whom this service is meant to be designed is imperative. This article highlights successful programs that use the voices of children and youth in planning for long-term success. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)