Session 216: Extra-Curricular activities

-#ukedchat welcomed host Kieron Murphy who hosted a session on extra curricular activities, with a focus on the following questions:

  1. Before/After-school clubs – a babysitting exercise or valuable extra-curricular activity? (8.01 pm)
  2. Should extra-curricular activity focus on raising achievement in curriculum areas? (8.11 pm)
  3. Should teachers be giving up their time to run out of school clubs? (8.21 pm)
  4. Could/Should extra-curricular activity be linked to PRP or incentivised through additional pay? (8.31 pm)
  5. What are the most popular after school activities and how do you promote these to pupils and other colleagues? (8.41 pm)
  6. 10 minutes to share your ideas and success stories re extra-curricular activity… (8.51 pm)


The Summary

[pullquote]If it raises standards then great, but the main focus should be adding ‘extra’, unique experience to a child’s curriculum. @MrP_Primary[/pullquote]

This session on extra-curricular activity began with a discussion on value vs babysitting. This question generated lots of discussion with some teachers feeling that in some cases teachers were taking on the role/responsibility of the parent and effectively ‘babysitting.’ However, this was balanced with recognition that the days of parents being able to collect their children at 3.20pm were ‘long gone.’ Most discussing the question recognised the value of extra-curricular activity for children (new experiences, building relationships, etc) and teachers (get to know and learn more about students).

Question 2 asked whether extra-curricular activity should focus on raising achievement in curriculum areas. Many tweachers reported a link between enjoyment of extra-curricular activity and a subsequent link in attainment. The key theme here though seemed to be that extra-curricular activity should be about fun and enjoyment; something extra, hence the name! There was also concern that focusing on attainment would lead to a planning burden and may put some teachers off participation. Obviously something to avoid!

This lead nicely to question 3 which asked whether teachers should be giving up their valuable time to run out of school clubs. Some teachers actually had an expectation here built into their contracts were for others it was a personal choice made based on their love of a sport or hobby. Sharing a passion is for me a key reason for running my after school club. There was concern for some that work/life balance can make it hard to fit in the running of a club, particularly amongst senior leaders who have the burden of additional meetings and additional workload. A number of people pointed out that other staff can bring valuable experiences and skills to the table which can help to ease the burden on teachers and build relationships between children and all staff.

With a few people raising concerns about lack of recognition for the work that goes in to running an extra-curricular activity we moved on to consider whether or not extra-curricular activity could or should be linked to PRP and PM or incentivised through additional pay. There was no sitting on the fence here, with a number of teachers screaming NO! Concerns included penalising staff who genuinely didn’t have the time, issues around fairness and a firmly held belief that activities should come from a passion to enhance children’s experiences, not a desire for more money. I suggested (playfully) that money makes the world go round and was shot down by the response of @Sarah_wright1 who replied with ‘so does going home knowing you’ve made a difference #bestjobintheworld!!!

Some teachers pointed out that at certain schools PM can depend on extra-curricular activities run and also argued that such an incentive may lead to children being offered a wider variety of enrichment activities. @MrPerree rightly pointed out the requirements of the Teachers Standards (something that will be burnt into the minds of all Trainees and NQTs) and suggested wider contributions should be properly recognised.

The discussion came to a close with teachers sharing their ideas and success stories on our topic. We had some phenomenal ideas shared with clubs ranging from Waterpolo and Archery through to Historical Come Dine With Me (!!!) and Origami. There are way too many for me to list here so if you fancy some inspiration I suggest you have a flick through the Storify below! 🙂

Eye Catching Tweets from the session

Dr Richard Farrow
@MrKMurphy breakfast clubs are babysitting because we step in to provide where parents should do #ukedchat

Mr Phillips
Can be a valuable tool for teachers unless, just like all learning opportunities, is thrown together with no real plan or purpose. #ukedchat

Heather Hall
Definitely a valuable experience for both teachers and students. You really get to know and inspire students in a different way #ukedchat

Mark O’Brien
A2 – I don’t think ECAs should be focused on attainment! It’s more about enjoyment and passion! #ukedchat

Heather Hall
Very useful in raising achievement for key students, but should not feel like an ‘extra lesson’. They MUST be fun#ukedchat

chris burton
@MrKMurphy if it supports achievement indirectly then great, focus I feel should be on enjoyment/developing the individual. #ukedchat

Sarah Wright
#ukedchat ECA shouldn’t be expected to raise attainment,but in essence,the knock effect of engaging a child in *any* school activity helps!

#ukedchat and if clubs are an expectation on some teachers within the school (your the bloke you do football) then it should be on all

Steve Taylor
I think that all staff should run clubs. I run one. If it’s important you make time#ukedchat

Sarah Wright
@MrKMurphy NO! As nice as it would be for those that do it, it should come from a passion to enhance children’s exp, not pay! #ukedchat

@mm684 @ukedchat What about obtaining ‘excellence’ in extra curricular? Wilshaw said those schools who win on the sports field win in class.

Angela Goodman
#ukedchat If the only motivation is pay, then you’ll end up with clubs because people have to – no interest or drive for it.

Daniel Meyer
@MrKMurphy I definitely think there needs to be something to incentivise staff and budgets for club resources#ukedchat

J e s s i c a
@gazneedle #ukedchat Some of our HLTAs run after sch art/baking. Helps ease the pressure on teachers & builds more r’ships across sch.

Craig Birch
#ukedchat Whether or not it’s required of me, I will still run an after-school club because I enjoy it and so do the children

Tweet of the Week:

Mr Phillips
If it raises standards then great, but the main focus should be adding ‘extra’, unique experience to a child’s curriculum. #ukedchat

About the Host:

I am an ambitious NQT about to start work with my Year 6 class in a fantastic school based in Bradford. I have just qualified as a teacher through the School Direct teacher training programme, an experience that a thoroughly enjoyed.
Fairly new to Twitter and loving the endless sharing of opinions and ideas, although my list of ‘things to try’ is now so big it actually seems quite daunting! 🙂

  •  An alternative summary is also available via ManInAPrimarySchool here.


216 – Archive – Extra-Curricular activities

You need to or Register to bookmark/favorite this content.

About UKEdChat Editorial 3188 Articles
The Editorial Account of UKEdChat, managed by editor-in-chief Colin Hill, with support from Martin Burrett from the UKEd Magazine. Pedagogy, Resources, Community.

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.