The authors discuss effective leadership in extended schooling to fulfill Every Child Matters mandates and provide case studies demonstrating what is possible in a variety of settings.
Over the last two years, we have spent a great deal of time investigating in depth the extent to which this initiative will impact on learning in its widest, most accessible sense. Our initial excitement about the potential this innovation has to bring about radical change in the way education operates has, if anything, increased. This is because our many visits to schools and our discussions with leaders at all levels – headteachers, extended schools coordinators, parents, stakeholders, agency workers, support services – have revealed a huge enthusiasm for and firm commitment to extended schools in all their forms. Nobody has said that moving this agenda on is straightforward, but almost everyone we have talked to has been convinced that the obstacles can be ...