Evaluation report

Evaluation of the NRC 2007–10

This report details the findings of an evaluation of the work undertaken by the National Resource Centre for Supplementary Education (NRC) between 2007 and 2010.

The evaluation project, which ran from November 2009 to March 2010, aimed to ascertain the extent to which:

  • the NRC membership, training and Quality Framework are useful, and how they can be improved
  • the work undertaken by the Regional Strategic Advisors (RSAs) has made a positive contribution to supplementary schools
  • the support, advice and help provided to supplementary schools have made a positive contribution to the schools.

It also aimed to find out more about the attitudes of local authorities and Community and Voluntary Services (CVSs) towards the NRC, and their experiences of working with the NRC during the period.

This report contains an overview of the NRC’s work from 2007 to 2010, a summary of the findings from the evaluation, and a number of concluding recommendations.

It is hoped that the insights provided in this report will prove useful in developing the future work of the NRC.
Download the evaluation report (choose from the Word document or a PDF file) and related documents below.

Word imageMain report

PDF imageMain report

Additional materials

Word imageWhat is a supplementary school?

Word imageA brief history of supplementary education in the UK

Benefits of supplementary schools





Membership (link to webpage)

Quality Framework (link to webpage)

List of acronyms

BME – Black, Minority, Ethnic
CILT – The National Centre for Languages
CRB – Criminal Records Bureau
CVS – Community Voluntary Sector
DCSF – Department of Children, Schools and Families
DfES  – Department of Education and Skills
NCVO – National Council for Voluntary Organisations
NRC – National Resource Centre for Supplementary Education
OCN – Open College Network
PLASC – Pupil Level Annual School Census
QF – Quality Framework
RSA – Regional Strategic Advisor
SDSA – Schools Development Agency
SSAT – Specialist Schools and Academies Trust