What is an Out of School Setting?
An Out of School Setting (OOSS), is an institution or setting which provides tuition, training, instruction, or activities to children in England without their parents’ or carers’ supervision. This does not include schools or colleges registered by the Department for Education.
Some examples of OOSS are:
- Tuition centres and supplementary schools (sometimes called complementary schools)
- Extracurricular clubs or settings, e.g. ballot or music classes, drama or sports classes
- Uniformed youth organisations, e.g. the Scouts and Guides, Cadet services
- Open access youth providers, e.g. centre-based and detached youth work
- Private language schools, including those for children coming from abroad
- Religious settings which offer education in their own faith
Please note that there are many other types of OOSS in Hammersmith & Fulham that are not mentioned in the above list.
Please have a look at H&F's guide to summer activities by checking out our annual Summer in the City programme, which has more than 1,000 free or low-cost, inclusive events and activities for children, young people and families.
Hammersmith & Fulham want to ensure that all OOSS are a safe place for our young people to be, regardless of whether they are doing extra mathematics at the tuition centre up the road, or playing football at a local sports centre.
Currently, while there is lots of excellent local practice, Hammersmith & Fulham is working to ensure we keep all young people safe by:
- making sure all premises are safe
- making sure all staff including volunteers are suitable to work with young people
OOSS do a great job providing young people with a range of activities in many subjects including arts, language, music, sport and religion. They provide an important service to young people in their area and the community. Some of the many benefits include improving cultural awareness, building self-esteem, and encouraging our children to become active citizens within their community.
Many young people participate in some form of organised activity outside of school at some point during their primary and secondary school years, so OOSS work hard to ensure young people's safety and well-being are a top priority.
Our focus is primarily on young people but we also want to support adults who are employed or may volunteer at out of school settings (OOSS) to ensure neither are made vulnerable – for staff this might be due to a lack of knowledge of legislation or their responsibilities for young people.
So, we would like to know what OOSS we have in our borough, and to offer them support, advice and training if necessary.
What Hammersmith & Fulham can offer OOSS and the community
- FREE training in relation to keeping young people safe and what staff can do if they are worried
- Possible one off Small Grants and free advice to improve the quality of premises being used
- Awareness workshops and advice to parents and carers to help them make safe, informed decisions when considering using an OOSS
- Hammersmith & Fulham OOSS will have the opportunity to go on our website with additional information to publicise their OOSS offer to the community
- A voluntary Kitemark - Bronze
- The volunteer centre will be the Hammersmith & Fulham DBS hub
All of this information can also be found on our leaflets, which are available in English, Arabic and Somali below:
Our guides to employing a Private Tutor or using a Supplementary School can be found on our leaflets, which are available in English, Arabic and Somali below:
Training sessions in the following areas will be offered throughout the borough to our OOSS providers. These will be offered over a range of times and dates starting from April 2019 and will cover the following 4 key areas across 6 modules:
- Health and Safety: Risk Assessment, Fire Safety, First Aid, Appropriate premises, Health and Hygiene
- Safeguarding Levels 1 and 2: This includes online and digital safety
- Safer recruitment: Suitability of Staff, lone working, reference checks), Managing staff (supervision and appropriate training
- GDPR: e-safety, data protection for filling systems
This training is primarily focused on safeguarding concerns and raising awareness, health and safety of premises and what questions to ask an OOSS Provider.
Hammersmith & Fulham has produced information and guidance as an aide to help parents and carers make more informed and confident choices when choosing OOSS for their children. It includes questions parents and carers may ask an OOSS provider before sending their child to attend.
Please enquire with one of our team if you would like to attend a briefing session or need further support.
Hammersmith & Fulham look forward to hearing from and working with the widest range of OOSS Providers and parents, so that we can work together to keep our young people safe and make the most of the valuable opportunities OOSS offer.
- If you are an OOSS, and would like to be part of this training or other training or
- if you are a parent or carer or an individual in the community, please get in touch and our team will do their best to support you and assist with any questions you may have.
Phone: 07825 034938 / 07500 917924