Best Practice

Extra-curricular activities as part of a broad and balanced curriculum

In this five-part series, Matt Bromley looks at best practice for planning and delivering effective extra-curricular provision. In part three, he looks at how extra-curricular activities can help create a broad and balanced curriculum offer and how we can boost student take-up

Extra-curricular activities series

A broad and balanced curriculum

While timetabled lessons tend to equip pupils with knowledge and skills in academic subject disciplines, extra-curricular activities complement this by providing opportunities to learn useful skills beyond national curriculum subjects, and by helping pupils expand their horizons and foster a love for less traditional, academic pursuits.

In this article, we will explore ways of using a school’s programme of extra-curricular activities to help deliver a broad and balanced curriculum for all.

Broad and balanced

Schools in England are required by the government to offer a “balanced and broadly based curriculum”, a phrase featured in the 2002 Education Act and echoed in the national curriculum.

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