After-school footie ‘boosts exam results’

Extra curricular activities can improve grades for school kids


Taking up activities after school such as football, chess or charity work can help children to get better grades, according to researchers.


Extra-curricular activities were particularly valuable for boys – with those taking part in them achieving higher grades at GCSE than others.

A study was carried out by the Independent Schools Council which found that as well as helping with school work, activities of this kind also boosted children’s self-esteem and team-building skills.

David Lyscom, chief executive of the ISC, which represents almost 1,300 fee-paying schools, said: “This new research shows how important extra-curricular activities can be in underpinning academic achievement, and underlines the clear benefits provided by an all-round education.”


According to the research, schools offering 30 or more clubs – including Army Cadets and the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme – saw around 95 per cent of their papers marked between A* and B.

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