Why we are needed

Perhaps you loved horse-riding as a child, or playing in an orchestra, or taking part in the local football or cricket team. Maybe you visited a museum that blew your mind, or an amazing zoo, or were inspired to be a painter following a trip to an art gallery.

Sadly, these activities are out of reach for many families. 20,700 Bristol children live in low income households, where taking care of basic necessities can leaves little over for the extras that bring joy to life. Children have unequal access to enriching extra-curricular activities that can improve education and career outcomes.[1]

Enrichment activities, such as those offered by Wider World, have a direct effect on attainment level and increased soft skills. Pupils do develop personal and social skills in lessons, but much happens outside of the classroom through extra-curricular activities, roles and responsibilities, visits, projects, competitions and events.[2] Enrichment activities inspire young minds, and children who are more academically motivated and more curious learn more and have higher test scores. [3]

With the attainment gap already at 18.7% at KS2, and 26.5% at KS4, disadvantaged children need to be given the opportunity to best match their peers and there is evidence this can be aided through access to enrichment activities. Wider World is working to offer access to these enrichment activities, to inspire young minds.



[1] The Sutton Trust, Research brief: Extra-curricular Inequality September 2014

[2] OFSTED, Personal, social and health education in English schools in 2012

[3]  Heckman and Kautz, August 2012