Special Needs

How to Increase Access to Extra-Curricular Activities

Participation in non-academic activities can be profoundly important to young people’s lives, yet many young people still don’t have access to programs that inspire them. Helen O’Donnell explains how a new initiative is helping communities and schools overcome the barriers to accessing extra-curricular activities.
Launch of The Childrens University for Devon, Okehampton College. Northlew and Ashbury Pupils (l-r) Ewan Richards, Molly Everitt and Jessica Garrett with their new passports.

Here in the UK our education system is focused on a classroom curriculum. The success markers along the way—the tests, key stage milestones and exams—are all constantly reinforcing an emphasis on what happens within classrooms. But did you know that by the time a child turns 18, they will have spent only nine per cent of their waking lives in a classroom?1 

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