This report provides a summary of findings from the first year of the evaluation of extended services.
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.