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Study Support and Out of School Hours Learning (SSOSHL)

As from March 2011, funding for SSOSHL ceased.

"Study Support is learning activity outside normal lessons which young people take part in voluntarily"

"Study Support is, accordingly, an inclusive term, embracing many activities - with many names and guises. Its purpose is to improve young people's motivation, build their self-esteem and help them become more effective learners. Above all it aims to raise achievement."

Study Support is an integral part of learning opportunities for children and young people in Hertfordshire. Our strategy is to ensure that this provision continues to grow and develop in a sustainable way so that all children and young people, regardless of their background or circumstances, can have access to a range of voluntary learning opportunities that contribute towards the increase in achievement, well-being, confidence and self esteem.

Study Support is part of the wide range of activities and children's services located in and through schools. Research evidences the positive impact of study support on children and young people's learning and the raising of standards. Study Support is linked to a variety of key policy drivers and can deliver on a number of local targets.

See some of the example case studies where SSOHL has already been implemented in a wide range of settings and initiatives:

A wide range of study support activities are provided by the local authority in partnership with community and voluntary organisations, the business and private sectors. These are offered in a variety of settings including schools and community premises.

The following are just some of the range of providers of activities in Hertfordshire:

  • Community groups
  • Complementary and Supplementary Schools
  • Connexions
  • District Councils
  • Family Learning Service
  • Healthy Schools
  • Library Service
  • Museums
  • Music and Arts
  • PE and Sports
  • Playing for Success centres
  • Schools
  • University of Hertfordshire
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Youth Service

Minimum Standards for Providers

Minimum standards for providers of Study Support and Out of School Hours Learning activities is a guide for Local Authorities aimed at organisations wishing to deliver activities for children and young people outside normal school hours. The guide and checklists for providers can be found on the Hertfordshire Extended Schools web site at:

Useful Websites

Hertfordshire Extended Schools
Herts Direct