Careers Interview: Annie New, extended schools co-ordinator for the Alban Way Consortium

Annie New works across five primary schools and two secondary schools.

Like many co-ordinators, she is facing redundancy in August, when she will become self-employed, delivering courses for students and teachers on raising self-esteem and motivation, getting involved in research and helping schools to work though the Quality in Study Support and Extended Services kite mark scheme.

For New, extended services are about engaging children and young people by encouraging them to take part in activities they really enjoy. "Young people might struggle on maths but if they do after-school basketball and do well they will have higher self-esteem and will approach difficult maths problems with more confidence," she says.

New says extended schools co-ordinators can be a great help to busy head teachers. "Because he has meetings with me, a head who has so many demands on his time has a reason to set aside an hour or two to think about what the school really offers to young people in terms of extended opportunities."

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