Extended Services

A school governor takes a trip to see extended services in action Frances Stickley is chair of governors at Kings Langley School in Hertfordshire where planning for extended services is just beginning. Frances visits John O’ Gaunt School in Hungerford where extended services have been in place since 2005. She wants to find out how this school has implemented and managed the project, how it has addressed each of the five ‘core offers’ and the part the governors have played. Frances learns that the extended services co-ordinator (ESCO) is the crucial lynchpin, responsible for consulting with the community and with students and parents, for liaising with stakeholders, for organising activities and for building sustainability into the services. And she discovers, by talking to the headteacher and to one of the governors at John O’Gaunt School, that the most successful outcome of their extended services has been the family support workers who offer continuity of support as a child moves from nursery to primary and on to secondary school.

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