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Engagement of Students

  1. 1. telegraph.co.uk/sport/ EFFECTIVE LEARNING Study Support (OoSHL)
  2. 2. Evaluation of the Disadvantage Subsidy Scheme in Wiltshire and Somerset Karen Laing School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences Newcastle University September 2010
  3. 3. Disadvantaged children and young people aged 5-16 were entitled to up to 2 hours of out of school activities per week (rising to 30 hours in school holidays).  A wide variety of activities were available, such as drama, sports and music, as well as established activities such as Scouts or Brownies etc.  The funding equated to approximately£300 per child, per year. 
  4. 4. THE IMPACT OF THE SUBSIDY: A number of impacts were identified from the schemes in Somerset and Wiltshire, and it was evident that young people had benefited in many ways.  Reported improvements in young people’s readiness to learn.  Improvements in their general wellbeing, which is an important pre-requisite to achievement. 
  5. 5. SCHOOL ATTENDANCE In Wiltshire, where young people participated in funded activities in both years 6 and 7, average attendance rose by one percentage point from 96.1 % to 97.1 %.  For those young people who had only accessed activities in year 6, average attendance had risen by two percentage points, from 94.3 % to 96.7 %.  The average attendance in year 7 for those children who had not participated was 94.0 %.  (there is much anecdotal evidence to back up these figures as contributory to the results they imply) 
  6. 6. READINESS TO LEARN Parents and workers we spoke to were keen to stress that they had seen positive differences in the young people that were participating in activities using the subsidy.  Participation resulted in more confidence and was seen to have the potential to enable pupils to learn more effectively. 
  7. 7. PROVIDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR SUCCESS: The subsidy enabled young people to take part in activities that they had never tried before.  This opened up new opportunities for them to succeed.  Young people explained how good it felt to be good at something, and that it made them feel proud and happy.  They acknowledged that they did not succeed at everything they tried, but appreciated being given the chance to try different things, and discover the things that they could achieve in. 
  8. 8. IN SUMMARY: The availability of the subsidy to enable young people to take part in activities was seen by all to be positive.  Enabling young people to participate had  seen them gain in confidence,  be in a better place to learn,  and had eased the strains of family life.  Young people had been given opportunities to succeed and parents had engaged more readily with schools. 
  9. 9. AS PUPILS ENJOY THE ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE THROUGH STUDY SUPPORT, THEY: can pursue things in a more informal environment at their own pace and …  Develop their confidence so are more willing to try other things and just have a go.  From these experiences their attitude to learning and the school improves  and building on the foundations of improved attendance and attitude to learning then leads on to improved academic attainment. 
  10. 10. PAST RESEARCH DEMONSTRATES PARTICIPATION ACHIEVES: • 3.5 grades on best 5 score, or one more A-C pass at GCSE  • half a grade in Maths and English GCSE  • a third of a level in Maths SATs at KS3  • three quarters of a level in Science SATs at KS3   (MacBeath 2000).
  11. 11. I M P L I C A T I O N S
  12. 12. IMPLICATIONS: “If you value and believe your Study Support is a contributing factor to the progress being made by pupils or in how you are addressing an individual’s progress, then you need to ensure this is clear within your self-evaluation and data analysis information.”
  13. 13. November 2013
  14. 14. Our findings suggest that:  for the school leaders in our sample, extended services had impacted positively and symbiotically on the nature and depth of their relationships with their families and communities.  The qualitative impact of extended services on families and communities have been varied, dynamic and significant
  15. 15. themichaelharris.com/
  16. 16. shelf3d.com/

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