Children who do more than 17 hours of organised extra-curricular activities, such as dance or martial arts, are at increased risk of burn-out, aggression and exam failure, according to research.
The more that parents organise their child’s lives outside of school, the less a priority school becomes. Children could in fact benefit more from spending time with family or playing with friends, research revealed.
“Above a certain level [of extra activities] you see a decline in grades and a decline in achievement,” said Jennifer Fredricks, who led the research.
Maths test results of an average 56% came from pupils who participated in five activities out of school. However those with 10 extra-curricular activities scored grades 4% lower than average. This was a worse performance than that of children with no organised activities.