Whatever Happened to Extended Schools?
The Story of an Ambitious Education Project
At a time when the memory of Every Child Matters and Extended Schools is fading fast, when the policy agenda has returned with a vengeance to an exclusive concern with governance, choice, regulation, and performance, when the school seems more than ever to be viewed by government as primarily a business selling exam results – we should remember Extended Schools. And do more than remember: to reflect upon their experience, to assess the challenges they faced and what they achieved, and to consider how, someday, we might build on this experience to create education-in-its-broadest-sense and schools that are public spaces in the public domain and public resources – not only for children and parents, but for the whole community – genuinely public schools. This book, based on research undertaken in four schools and communities, has a vital role to play in such work of remembrance and reflection, giving a vivid insight into an ambitious education project and using that to build an imaginative portrayal of how an Extended School of the future might be.
"To tackle the impact of disadvantage on children, there is an urgent need for area-based ‘cradle to career’ strategies – extended schools. These need to involve schools, other agencies like health and housing, and a range of charities, social enterprises and businesses in the provision of more integrated community-based services. Doug Martin’s excellent book provides an essential resource to help make this happen. Doug enables understanding in his sharp review of the history that brought extended schools. The insightful penultimate chapter develops an understanding of extended schools – of what they achieve and what they are for. And in between are many detailed and useful case studies. For anyone wanting to develop more integrated community schooling – this is a go-to text."Liz Todd, Professor of Educational Inclusion, University of Newcastle
Foreword by Peter Moss
1. Changing approaches to English schooling
2. Orpintown: Extended Schools and a market town
3. Gadley: Extended Schools building a new sense of community
4. Hayfield: Extended Schools legitimizing schools’ approach
5. Newtown: Extended Schools and a community rebuilding itself
6. Extended Schools: Contribution to the schooling discourse
7. Looking ahead: The school in 2030
Appendix 1: National policy publications and Extended Schools
Appendix 2: Key developments in Extended Schools in the four communities