The SecEd Podcast: Extra-curricular activities in schools

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:

This episode considers extra-curricular activities and what effective provision looks like across the secondary school, including common challenges, staffing, quality-control, and ensuring equitable access.

What are the common challenges when delivering extra-curricular provision? What kind of activities work best? How do we schedule these activities – when and where should they take place? How do we ensure equitable access?

We also discuss how we can staff our extra-curricular provision and encourage staff to take-on activities? Should staff be paid? Likewise, how do we encourage students to take-up provision? Do we target specific students and monitor attendance?

How can extra-curricular provision complement the curriculum and support a “broad and balanced” curriculum? What role do external partnerships have to play, especially when raising cultural capital and broadening horizons?

And finally, should we quality-assure and evaluate provision? What role does student voice play in this?

How do we capture students’ learning and the development of wider personal and other skills from these activities?

The podcast is hosted by Matt Bromley, an education advisor and author with more than 20 years’ experience in teaching including as a secondary headteacher and MAT director. Our guests are:

  • Alex Smith is deputy headteacher at King’s School in Gloucester
  • Jen Hurst is head of music at Jo Richardson Community School in east London
  • Liz Hebb is stretch and challenge lead at Bosworth Academy in Leicestershire
  • Andrew Poole is assistant headteacher of Everton Free School in Liverpool

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