Before- and after-school activities offer pupils and their parents so much. However only some children and families get to reap the many educational and financial benefits. The rest are locked out because of costs or lack of provision.

This briefing, from Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and Magic Breakfast, outlines how extra-curricular clubs and activities support children to thrive, have fulfilled childhoods and better engage with learning at school. It also highlights the significant financial benefits for individual families when these are free to access, as well as the wider gains for the economy. Before- and after-school activities mean parents are better able to take up, and benefit from, full-time work without incurring the high cost of childcare. They are proven to reduce the educational attainment gap that disadvantaged pupils face, as well as boosting the long-term economic opportunities of children and young people.

Read the full briefing here.