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Learning Exchange Awards 2010

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The Learning Exchange Awards celebrate extended services that improve children’s lives and their communities.

The Learning Exchange is a social networking website for extended services practitioners, and is run by ContinYou, the community learning organisation.

The second annual Learning Exchange Awards will again champion the work of groups in schools and communities that are running extended services around the UK. ‘Extended services’ include activities and programmes that are offered to children, young people and their families in schools and community settings. These can include breakfast and after-school clubs, family and adult learning programmes, childcare, family and parenting support, sports clubs and even supplementary schools, among others.

This year’s Awards focus on identifying the impact that good practice in extended services can make on raising pupils’ attainment and aiding their other achievements, improving their attendance and behaviour, and raising school standards overall.

Good-quality evidence of impact as well as knowing what works well are crucial elements for sustaining such services, and the Learning Exchange Awards are part of the attempt to identify that evidence and good practice.

There will be five prizes: £500 for the overall winner and four prizes of £250 for four runners-up.

‘The Learning Exchange Awards provide an opportunity not only to share practice but also to gain recognition for the work going on in schools, clusters and other settings to achieve positive outcomes for children, young people, families and communities,’ said Dawn Gilderoy, Executive Director of Extended Services at ContinYou. ‘The focus of this year’s awards on the impact that extended services are having on pupil attainment is particularly timely as we seek to embed and sustain extended services principles.’

Deadline for applications is Tuesday, 30 November 2010.

For more information about this year’s awards and to download an application form, please go to the Learning Exchange website.

Last year’s winner, the Joseph Leckie Community College, won the top award in a tight competition due to its provision of a range of high-quality activities that not only engage young people but which are clearly also having a major impact on challenging social trends within its community.

Find out more about last year’s winners by visiting the Learning Exchange website.

For further information please contact Paddy O’Dea, Learning Exchange Manager on 020 7587 5080 or email paddy.odea@continyou.org.uk.

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