Week 53 - Kent

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What are they doing and why?

Schools and other settings across Kent are taking part in Week 53s during April 2008 – April 2009. ContinYou calculated the number of hours that, in a year, an average child takes part in Study Support activities and that equates to an extra week a year – hence the term Week 53!

In 2006, one Kent school hosted Week 53. In 2007, thirty schools held their own celebratory week. However, at present, linking to 2008 National Year of Reading has secured nearly sixty settings showcasing a Week 53, spanning over two academic years. This year also sees settings such as PfS and libraries getting involved.

There are numerous benefits to holding a Week 53. Week 53 gives settings the opportunity to celebrate and promote Study Support provision. This can be achieved through publicity, inviting families and communities to join in activities, offering taster sessions, encouraging Governors to become more involved and a whole host of other opportunities.

How are they doing it?

There is no prescribed format for when, where or how the week is held. Settings are encouraged to be as creative as possible. Due to this freedom, settings have been innovative in their delivery of Week 53, in conjunction with the 2008 National Year of Reading.

Here is just a flavour of some of the activities taking place:

What impact is it having?

The impact of Week 53 is to:

How can I find out more?

For more information, email Emma Jenkins (Study Support Co-ordinator) at emma.jenkins@kent.gov.uk

More information, regarding Week 53 both nationally and within Kent, can be found on the ContinYou website (www.continyou.org)

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