Extended services in schools are one of the key delivery mechanisms of the Every Child Matters Agenda and the Children’s Plan. The government has set out a ‘core offer’ of extended services that they want all children to be able to access through schools by 2010.
The evaluation of extended services aims to measure: how successful schools have been in offering a range of services; whether services meet the needs of users; how successful extended services have been in improving outcomes and raising standards of achievement; other key outcomes and benefits of the programme; and the long term benefits and cost effectiveness of extended services.
The aim of the evaluation as a whole is to provide rigorous information and evidence about the delivery and effectiveness of extended schools. However, it should be noted that this report is a summary of findings from the first year of the evaluation, so not all the research questions have been addressed. Further research is planned as part of this evaluation.