Research and analysis

Extended services in practice: summary of evaluation evidence for headteachers

An overview of research evidence on the outcomes that extended services can produce, and on how those services can be made most effective.



This report is aimed at all practitioners and decision makers who are working on extended services. However, it is particularly aimed at headteachers who are developing services in and around their schools.

It draws on the work of the national extended services evaluation, which ran between 2009 and 2011. It summarises the findings of that evaluation, but synthesises this with evidence from the evaluation of the national full service extended schools initiative (which ran from 2003 to 2006), from evaluations of other ‘extended schools’ initiatives in the past decade, and from other relevant evaluations both in this country and elsewhere. The detailed evidence is not cited in the text, but an annotated bibliography is provided so that interested readers can follow up the primary sources for themselves.

Published 29 September 2011