Since 2010 every school had to extend their working hours, as part of the Every Child Matters framework. To achieve this, they started to provide a range of services that take place before or after school hours. So now, schools are offering everything from Science to crafts and it seems this strategy works!
A study, carried out in 2008, suggested that primary school children who take part in extracurricular activities such as science clubs achieved higher grades on average than their peers. Researchers from the Institute of Education compared the academic performance of more than 6,000 children, taking into account their involvement in after-school clubs.
In 2016, a new study analyzed 6,400 children born in 2000 and 2001. Researchers from Newcastle University found that those who took part in organized sports and other after-school clubs were almost 1.5 times more likely to reach a higher level in their Key Stage 2 math test at the age of 11.
So, extra curricular clubs are not only fun, but they also increase children’s self-confidence and motivation, improving their performance in exams.
“By offering after-school activities our children get the chance to succeed in a different area, then they can take success and use it to overcome barriers in the subjects they find difficult.” The head teacher at Benson community school in Birmingham, Cath Rindl said. “It was commented [after Ofsted inspection] that we have children with high self-esteem and who are confident because of our extra activities.”
Contact us now to book a science after-school club, workshop or science day at your school in or around London.