Two interesting articles about the role of after school activities, especially sport, which appear to help boys (in particular) do better in exams and school work.
The research suggested that taking part in voluntary activities helped children build higher self-esteem, reduce levels of depression, get greater public recognition throughout the school, make more friends, and reduce drop-out rates.
Would be interested to hear from primary school parents in terms of:
a) which activities they believe work best?
b) the number of after school actvities their DC do, and are too many activites counter-productive ie lead to tiredness and burn-out?
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_a ... 418634.ece
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/educa ... 95477.html