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Good practice guides

The NRC conducts interviews with a range of schools we feel are doing innovative work within the context of the Code of Practice. The results of these interviews are these good practice guides, which tell you about the school’s background and context, the innovative work they have done and their top tips. If you would like your school to be included in a future good practice guide, then please email

Videos of good practice

Create an effective learning environment

PDF imageAzza Supplementary School talks about their move from a church hall to a more suitable location.

PDF imageGheez Rite discuss the way they have created a comfortable yet educational environment in the classroom.

PDF imageLeeds Chinese Community School won a National Excellence Award in 2008 for their excellent learning environment.

Choose the right resources

PDF imageDescendants in Ealing pursues an arts-based curriculum and prides itself on being able to engage pupils in different ways.

PDF image Accocks Supplementary School belongs to the National Black Boys Can Association franchise and works to holistically engage its pupils.

PDF imageCommunity Languages Saturday Classes in Wolverhampton promoting learning community languages through a wide variety of resources.

PDF imageESFORAL won a Silver Quality Framework Award in 2006 for the way they teach Spanish and the Latin American culture to a range of students with different abilities.

PDF imageKurdish Children and Youth Centre won a National Excellence Award in 2008 for their innovative methods of teaching and learning.

PDF imageAl Manar Arabic School employs a Jordanian curriculum to teach their students, and stresses the importance of learning your mother tongue.

Plan and develop your organisation

PDF imagePepys Supplementary School has moved from small beginnings to being a vital part of the community.

PDF imageCal-Aj Education Project was set up by EMAS to help raise the attainment of Muslim children. The community it serves has now made the school self-sustainable.

PDF imageLight Project International is a voluntary project that started in a living room, and is in the process of building itself up to bigger and better things.

PDF imageLeeds Community Mandarin Chinese School won a National Excellence Away in 2008 for the sterling governance of their school.

PDF imageTamil Cultural Association inimitable Siva Pillai discussed the importance of not working in isolation if you want your organisation/school to develop.

Work with other organisations

PDF imageClaudia Jones School was set up as a partnership with a mainstream school to raise the attainment of African Caribbean students in years 9 and 11.

PDF imageColeman Primary School headmaster, Nigel Bruwen, talks about the important links he has been making with supplementary schools, after seeing how many of his students attend them.

PDF imageDr Fazil Kuçuk Turkish School rents classrooms from a local mainstream school and maintains a strong bond with them.

PDF imageRussian Saturday School works with different organisations to ensure a high level of achievement and future development for their students.

PDF imageSomali Children’s Advocacy talk about a partnership they have forged with a local primary school to ensure full parental involvement in their children’s education.

Supporting staff and volunteers

PDF imageBirmingham Ishango Science Club focuses on promoting STEM subjects and was one of the winners of the National Excellence Awards 2008.

PDF imageTallo Supplementary School and After-school Club won one of the National Excellence Awards 2008 and was highly commended for its management structure.

Supplementary school networks and forums

PDF imageManchester Supplementary Schools Network describe the work they have been doing with supplementary schools in their area.

Word imageKensington and Chelsea information about the forums in their borough.

PDF imageInformation on different existing supplementary school networks and forums.

If you are part of or know a good supplementary school forum or network, please fill in this quick questionnaire or email us:

Word image Network/forum questionnaire