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After-school club requires improvements

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 03, 2014

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THE people in charge of an after-school club in Swadlincote have been told by Government education inspectors that improvements need to be made.

Ofsted inspectors visited the Go For It club, which is held at Saint Edward’s Catholic Primary School in Newhall Road, last month.

Their report said Go Fit It needed improvements meaning the provision was not giving children a good standard of early years education.

The report stated a number of reasons as to why the club had not yet been rated as good. These included some staff lacking the skills to fully challenge children and encourage them to think critically, and information sharing with the school was not fully established to complement learning for all children.

The club owners have been told by Ofsted to develop communication between staff and the school to improve children’s learning and development was needed to develop consistency between the learning in the school and the club.

The report also stated: “Child-led planning ensures that most children’s interests are incorporated into the educational programmes and supports children to make choices, be imaginative and explore. In addition, children select activities from a ‘choices book’ to enhance what is already on offer each day. This means that, in general, children are occupied and enjoying their time at the club.

“For example, children write a list of names to go into a hat, and mathematical concepts are explored through the use of construction toys.”

However, it was felt that not all activities were challenging enough to fully engage and encourage the children to have a go for themselves.

The after school club was set up in 2008 and runs until 6pm.

Nobody from Go For It was available for comment at the time of going to press.

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