The number of students attending all-day schools in Germany has increased from around ten percent in 2002 to now nearly 40 percent. Significant efforts were put into the expansion, but education researchers are seeing sobering results: many all-day schools are not making full use of their educational potential. For this reason, together with three foundations that support improvements to education, the Robert Bosch Stiftung has created comprehensive recommendations relating to policy and administrative changes.
The Robert Bosch Stiftung is funding a "quality offensive" for all-day schools together with three influential German foundations. To this point, the expansion has followed a philosophy of quantity over quality: the number of all-day schools has vastly increased over the last 15 years, but the promise of better individual support and greater equality of opportunity that come with that have hardly come to fruition because the political requirements and framework conditions are unsatisfactory. That is why the Bertelsmann Stiftung, the Robert Bosch Stiftung, Stiftung Mercator and the Vodafone Germany Foundation recommend redefining what an all-day school is. The most important recommendations of the joint study “Mehr Schule wagen” (daring to educate more) include longer open hours, better educational concepts, more room for administrators to adapt curricula, and greater financial investment.