Extra-curricular (out-of-school time) provision
The delivery of Scouting as an extra-curricular activity, either before or after school, means that young people have opportunities to participate in non-formal learning activities that they might not access under any other circumstances.
What does this kind of partnership look like?
The delivery of Scouting as an extra-curricular activity, either before or after school, means that young people have the opportunity to participate in non-formal learning activities that they might not access under any other circumstances. This has the added benefit for schools of providing a pre-existing programme of resources that support wider curriculums, and allow young people to develop a range of skills that will support not only their academic journey, but their wider social and emotional development.
Pupil Premium funding in England is increasingly being used to give young people from poorer backgrounds access to this form of non-formal education.
What do you need to think about?
This type of provision might be more accessible for some young people than community-based Scouting through removing the need to travel to a Scout HQ. However, there may already be sufficient Scouting in the area so it is worth exploring the proximity of existing Scouting provision, to assess if this is a feasible option.
Schools and adult volunteers will have to comply with existing Scout Association policies, including appointment procedures, training, ratios of adults to young people and rules concerning specific types of activity. Membership fees will apply.
Belmont Castle Academy (Essex)
The school currently delivers Scouting as an extra-curricular activity after school each week. The group is led by a teaching assistant, supported by a team of flexible volunteers made up of other members of staff.
The group has close links with the District Commissioner, attend District events and work towards badges in the traditional way. The school leadership teams are keen supporters of the Scout Group, and because of interest from parents are planning to also open a Beaver Colony.
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