HEadlines of ELS Spend


  • £1,967,435 was spent on ELS activity (94.7% of the total budget).
  • There was a total of 25007 participation’s in activities (note that this will include multiple participation’s by the same pupils).
  • There was almost an even 50: 50 split in participation between boys and girls.
  • Levels of participation by Key Stage: KS1: 11%; KS2; 33%; KS3: 37%; KS4: 11%; KS5: 7.5%.
  • On average 52.3% of participation was by disadvantaged young people across the programme.
  • Average attendance rate of 83.5% across a range of sessions for particular activities (with very similar attendance rates between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged groups).
  • The full range of activities included arts, drama, dance, business/enterprise, debating, music, sports, outdoor/nature activities, IT/digital, and volunteering.


The original DfE guidance for ELS asked for activities that were likely to generate outcomes in one or more of these areas:

  • Creative.
  • Confident.
  • Motivated and aspirational.
  • Neighbourly and having community spirit.
  • Resilient, demonstrating persistence and grit.
  • Flexible.
  • Clear communicator.
  • Curious and able to problem solve.
  • Tolerant and respectful.
  • Honest, demonstrating integrity and dignity.

In practice both schools and providers have used different measures, techniques and formats to evidence impact; and there is much variance in terms of which and how many of these areas they have focused on. It is therefore quite difficult to compare projects with each other and also to generalise about impact across the programme.  

View some case study examples from the activities by providers with schools and by schools and colleges themselves that illustrate the range of activities, the perceptions of schools and providers and the views of children and young people themselves.

Click here for provider based activities

Click here for schools based activities.