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Out of Hours Learning (OOHL) Study Support

What is Out of Hours Learning?

Out of Hours Learning (OOHL), also known as Study Support or Out of Schools Hours Learning. It describes activities which children and young people take part in before and after school, lunchtimes, weekends and during the holidays. 

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The term relates to all activities which enable young people to develop skills or which build their self-confidence. 

This includes breakfast clubs (with activities), homework and curriculum related clubs, sports, drama and music, hobbies and special interests, volunteering and peer mentoring. These activities can be offered either by or at the school or can be offered by other organisations such as libraries, Scouts and Brownies, local sports clubs and private dance schools, to name but a few.

Out of Hours Learning offers young people the opportunity to learn in a more relaxed environment than the classroom.  It also offers them the chance to try out new activities, find out what they are good at or develop new interests.

A number of research projects have been carried out to find out how participation in OOHL activities can benefit students.  The findings of these projects all show that taking part in good quality out-of-hours learning activities can have positive effects: activities which provide support for coursework and exams can have a direct impact on attainment, while other forms of provision can have an indirect impact by improving relationships and students’ motivation to learn.

One large-scale, three year study (MacBeath et al, 2001) into the impact of Out of Hours Learning found that in all 52 schools, students who participated in OOHL activities did better than predicted in terms of academic attainment, attitude to school and attendance at school compared to students who did not participate.  On average, the improvement equated to three and a half grades or one more A-C Pass at GCSE. 

Out of Hours Learning can play a major role in:

  • Improving students’ attitudes to school and learning
  • Boosting self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Raising aspirations

Cornwall Council has a dedicated team who can provide advice and support to schools and organisations who want to review and improve their OOHL programmes. 

We provide:

  • Assistance in evaluating OOHL provision and expanding programmes  
  • Fundraising newsletters detailing national funding opportunities
  • Local co-ordination of the Quality in Study Support (QiSS) accreditation programme

Please visit the Family Information Service directory for comprehensive information on clubs, activities etc in your local area. This site is constantly being updated so please check back regularly.