ASCL comment on EPI report on access to extra-curricular activities

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to a report from the Education Policy Institute (EPI), which found that vulnerable students are less likely to be benefiting from participation in sports and other hobbies at secondary school.
“There’s no doubt that extra-curricular activities are hugely beneficial for those able to take part, but the fact is that school budgets are under such pressure that it is becoming increasingly challenging to run sports clubs and other groups. This disproportionately impacts on pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds who are less likely to have the opportunity to attend clubs outside of school. The government needs to improve levels of funding to enable all schools to provide enriching extra-curricular activities, with particular consideration given to those serving more disadvantaged communities.”