Pupils offered the opportunity to take part in Scouting activities increased their leadership capabilities by 22% over 6 months. The primary school children who took part in the pilot scheme attended a range of Scouting sessions, including outdoor games, crafts and cooking activities. These activities were designed to help improve the communication, teamwork and problem solving skills of the 126 8-10 years olds involved.
The schools involved with the £300,000 pilot were based in the Midlands and South of England and were chosen based on the deprivation and lack of similar activities in their wider communities.
It was reported that the attendance and behaviour of the children involved also improved.
Despite the success of the scheme, teacher workload was cited as a reason why schools may not chose to implement similar activities into their extra-curriculum provision.
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