Two schools' initiatives to nurture their pupils.

Synopsis

Two primary schools have achieved higher standards in attainment and behaviour as a result of the Extra Mile project.

Under the Extra Mile initiative, primary schools are being encouraged to find ways of improving standards for children from low-income families.

Angela Overington, from the Department for Education, describes how parental and community involvement is key

At Westborough Primary and Nursery School in Southend, the day finishes at 1.30pm so that pupils can take part in a range of after-school clubs to enhance their learning outside of the classroom.

Thongsley Fields Primary and Nursery School provides a range of family learning classes for parents from the deprived area of Huntingdon, as well as a free breakfast club for the pupils.