How to shine at after-school clubs

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By Paul Noblefreelance writer, former head teacher and education writer.

Whether it’s Tai Chi, table tennis or typing, there are some dos and don’ts that apply to all after-school clubs. Get the balance right and running one can be a rewarding and enjoyable experience

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You are fit, you are healthy, you are energetic, you are qualified and enthusiastic; just the sort of teacher the school needs to run an after-school activity. But aren’t these simply the attributes required to be a teacher? Yes, but running an after-school club demands that extra bit of personal commitment and enthusiasm, something that teachers may not always exhibit during a hot Monday morning’s literacy lesson in July.

After-school activities are a must and all schools should have them, but not, in my opinion, infant schools. Some will disagree with me, yet even though I have involved infants in clubs such as gymnastics and choir, I believe that by and large, maturation levels (they cannot always remember whether they should be coming or going) rule them out. There is also the issue of health and safety.

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