State school students want more activities private schools offer – study

The Guardian is reporting a survey from the Scout Association that suggests state school students believe their schools fail to provide enough ‘middle class’ extra-curricular activities such as debating, volunteering or camping…

The survey of 1,000 pupils in secondary schools across Britain found that pupils in the state sector had less access to such activities outside the curriculum, but that the pupils themselves were eager for more.

Children on free school meals were among those with the fewest opportunities to be involved in school-led charity work or outdoor events such as horse riding, but were in fact more likely to be involved in creative activities such as art or drama, as well as sport.

While more than 85% of pupils at fee-paying schools said they took part in extra-curricular activities through their school, just 72% of pupils at state secondaries and primaries reported they did…

The survey comes in a report published by the thinktank Demos, which claims “large numbers of young people in the UK – particularly from disadvantaged backgrounds – do not have enough opportunity to take part in non-formal learning and are therefore at risk of not developing key skills important for success.”

A survey of teachers for the report – funded by the Scout Association – found that nearly 90% of teachers blamed lack of time for being unable to provide extra-curricular activities…

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See more on this from Demos at: Closing the Inequalities Gap on Character Education

 

interesting findings from Demos and the Scout Association which reinforce how inequality in education goes far beyond formal learning alone.

However, with so much focus on the results of the formal side, how likely is it that schools are going to be able to take up the challenge of providing more extra-curricular activities of the type discussed?

Where they can, what type of activities do you think schools should make available to have the greatest impact?

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Comments

  1. Were boarding schools included in the report?  If so, this isn’t comparing like with like because boarding schools have to provide activities outside normal school hours.  These activities are likely to be provided to non-boarding pupils by their parents.

    The report says children on free school meals are more likely to take part in extra-curricular sport, art and drama.   Quite why ‘horse riding’ is considered separately from other sports is unclear except it requires considerable investment on the part of the participant.  Is there a hierarchy of sport, with the most expensive being the most desirable?

    That said, activities like debating don’t have to be extra-curricular.  Debating can take place within English.  But league table constraints and an excessive emphasis on exam results can work against such inclusion.

  2. Were boarding schools included in the report?  If so, this isn’t comparing like with like because boarding schools have to provide activities outside normal school hours.  These activities are likely to be provided to non-boarding pupils by their parents.

    The report says children on free school meals are more likely to take part in extra-curricular sport, art and drama.   Quite why ‘horse riding’ is considered separately from other sports is unclear except it requires considerable investment on the part of the participant.  Is there a hierarchy of sport, with the most expensive being the most desirable?

    That said, activities like debating don’t have to be extra-curricular.  Debating can take place within English.  But league table constraints and an excessive emphasis on exam results can work against such inclusion.

  3. LeicesterHigh

    SchoolsImprove We’ve successfully run an after school science club for 6 state primaries sponsored by ogdentrust in 6/10 week blocks.

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