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Wrap-around provision as part of Covid recovery

Before and after-school clubs have been hit hard – first to be cut, the last to be reinstated. But they could be exactly what disadvantaged pupils and your Covid recovery plan need, says Suzanne O’Connell

During Covid schools became accustomed to limiting their services. Many of the additional extras which they might have offered previously were closed down. Anything seen as an optional extra that perhaps brought with it unknown risks was, at the very least, postponed.

We have seen the pattern with residential trips, school events, visits and more. For some schools, closing down the extras also meant the suspension of wrap-around care and after-school activities. They would have brought together children and adults from outside the school bubble and with many parents working from home the facilities were no longer needed to the same degree. In fact, school itself became an extended care facility for key worker and vulnerable families at the height of the pandemic.

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