At Blue Coat, we aim to provide all children with a wide range of additional experiences that extend beyond the statutory National Curriculum, including experiences that they may not normally have opportunities to take part in out of school.
We view activities like this as an important part of our children’s all round education, giving them new experiences, developing life skills, extending their learning, and making school life memorable.
Children from disadvantaged backgrounds also benefit from experiences and activities that they may not get out of school.
Enrichment helps provide children with a rounded, culturally rich education through activities that enhance their learning.
Enrichment gives children opportunities to try new and varied activities that may not strictly fit into the curriculum, but that develop character, resilience and motivation and encourage them to pursue wider goals.
Enrichment helps to teach life skills that benefit children beyond the classroom, and can develop an appreciation for cultural and community issues, teamwork and social responsibility.
Research by the Education Endowment Foundation has also found a link between enrichment and higher attainment in reading and maths.
Although there’s no statutory requirement for schools to provide enrichment opportunities, it’s encouraged by the Department for Education (DfE) and Ofsted.
Ofsted’s inspection framework emphasises the importance of personal development and extending the curriculum beyond academic achievement.
It assesses schools on whether they:
Some of this is covered in the National curriculum, but a lot of it falls under the banner of enrichment.
At Blue Coat, enrichment clubs, experiences and activities can take many forms, and can enhance social and teamwork skills.
Enrichment opportunities at Blue Coat include but are not limited to:-
In addition to providing the children with a range of exciting and fun experiences at school, we want our parents, carers and families to enjoy quality time together too with their child(ren). We have, therefore, provided all our children with an ‘activity passport’, recommended by the DFE. The passport provides children in each age group with a whole list of non-expensive activities that families can enjoy together. They simply tick off when they have undertaken an activity and they will have opportunities at school to share these memorable moments.
These are just a few of the many diverse enrichment activities that we offer your children at Blue Coat.