Headlines: October 18th, 1999

The importance of complementing the school day with out of hours learning is becoming clear with announcements of new funding. These activities have become popular with parents and teachers who believe that they increase self-esteem, improve attendance and help pupils to become more effective learners.Kellogs in association with Education Learning will fund an award scheme for new breakfast clubs and the expansion of existing clubs with a 185 million pound fund. Education Extra is a charity which aims to promote study support as a means of raising pupil achievement.

A new 2.5 million pound grant programme is being introduced to stimulate creative partnerships between schools, local authorities, community and voluntary organisations and charities. Eligible bodies are being encouraged to make bids to support out of hours schemes. Conferences explaining the scheme will be held in the next two months

There is also a New Opportunities Fund with 160 million pounds of Lottery money. This is designed to allow schools to expand provision for learning activities before and after school.