What is an Out Of School Setting?

An out of school setting (OOSS) is a group, club or provider offering tuition, training, instruction, or activities to children in England without their parents’ or carers’ supervision that is not a:

  • School
  • College
  • 16-19 academy
  • Provider caring for children under 8 years old which is registered with Ofsted or a childminder agency.

Some examples of out of school settings include:

  • Tuition or learning centres which may be used to support mainstream, or home education) such as term time or holiday courses, or  examination preparation
  • Extracurricular clubs or settings, e.g. ballet classes, gymnastic training, sports tuition, instrumental music tuition, martial arts training, drama classes
  • Uniformed youth organisations, e.g. the Scouts and Guides
  • Open access youth providers, e.g. centre-based and detached youth work
  • Supplementary schools or complementary schools
  • Private language schools, including those for children coming from abroad
  • Religious settings which offer education in their own faith, e.g. Jewish yeshivas and chedarim, Muslim madrassahs, Hindu OOSS, Sikh OOSS, Christian Sunday schools.

What are the legal requirements when establishing an out of school setting?

They are the same as for any community or voluntary organisations working with children and young people. Provision must be safe and non-discriminatory. Other requirements depend on factors such as whether you employ staff, own your premises or charge fees.

Are out of school settings regulated by Ofsted, the Department for Education or Brent Council?

The sector is currently not regulated by education and childcare law, meaning out-of-school settings providers are not subject to the same regulation as registered schools or childcare settings.

  • Out of school settings are not required to be registered by any statutory organisation and there are no regulations governing tutors or many after school activities (unless it is an Ofsted registered childcare provision)
  • Any person can work at an out of school setting
  • Tutors do not have to be a qualified teacher

The Department for Education (DfE) is consulting on voluntary code of practice for OOSS, which will be available in 2020. The DfE is also running OOSS pilots across a number of Local Authorities in England. Brent is one of the pilot boroughs.

Contact us

Brent Council looks forward to hearing from you if you have an experience of an OOSS you would like to share or want to ask us a question or if you have any suggestions. 

Suzie Yassin/ Patricia Sheldon

Out of School Settings Project Coordinator/ Administrator

020 8937 1452/ 020 8937 1686


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