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FIVE-YEAR-OLDS TO GET HOMEWORK CLUBS

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Ministers are drawing up plans for a multi-million pound network of after-school clubs to support their new homewor...
Ministers are drawing up plans for a multi-million pound network of after-school clubs to support their new homework guidelines, under which children as young as five will be expected to study after school, according to The Sunday Times (p7). The package, to be announced this week, will be funded by grants from the national lottery.

About 1,800 secondary schools and 4,500 primaries in England and Wales will get cash to open the homework clubs from April next year. The target is to set up clubs in 8,000 schools at an estimated cost of£200m.

Some schools already run their own occasional homework clubs, but ministers are keen to see such initiatives becoming a permanent feature of school life, with regular timetables and proper staffing. The expansion will mean half of secondary schools and a quarter of primaries will have the clubs within three years.
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