The previous government expected that all schools in England would offer access to a wide range of extended services (ES) from 8am to 6pm, 48 weeks a year, including school holidays, by 2010. Local authorities have played an important role in ensuring that this target was met in their areas, and in aligning the creation of extended services with their wider policies for children, families and communities.
This review is part of a multi-strand evaluation of the extended services initiative. This review asks what kinds of arrangements local authorities have made for the creation of extended services, and how they have aligned them with their wider policies and strategies. It considers the full range of services, but explores in more depth arrangements for swift and easy access to specialist services as a test case of the wider extended services agenda.
The review draws on case studies of extended services arrangements in 8 local authorities, selected to reflect the range of local authority types and contexts, as well as a range of patterns of provision.