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Congratulations! 304 supplementary schools have completed one or more levels of the Quality Framework since it was first developed – by supplementary schools, for supplementary schools in 2006. That’s around 10 per cent of all the supplementary schools in England. Still a long way to go, but a brilliant example of how well managed and effective community-led education can be.

On 9 May we celebrated the achievement of 21 supplementary schools having completed a Gold or Special Distinction Award since January 2011 – sixteen Gold Quality Framework Awards and five Special Distinction Awards. The celebration took place as part of the termly Pan London Network of Supplementary Education at the Yunus Emre Turkish Cultural Centre.

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Supplementary schools from Barnet, Brent, Camden, Coventry, Croydon, Ealing, Haringey, Lewisham, Newham, Sandwell, Tower Hamlets and Westminster receive their Quality Framework Awards.

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Rustam Iranian School, Afghan Association Paiwand, Znaniye Russian School, OYA! and Shpresa Project receive the Special Distinction Quality Framework Award and the accolade of their peers and their boroughs.

More photos are on the NRC Facebook page.

Paiwand Afghan Association Supplementary School
This exemplary supplementary school was recently awarded the Special Distinction Quality Framework Award by the National Resource Centre for Supplementary Education (NRC). See why in this YouTube clip.

Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice in Teaching in Supplementary Schools
This accredited CPD course will deal with perspectives of how pupils learn – delivered in conjunction with working in a school/teaching context. It aims to introduce participants to and further develop knowledge and understanding of ‘learning theories’ and ‘learning perspectives’. All applicants should already be teaching in a supplementary/school context (paid or voluntary). Enroll now for a mid-September start.
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Funding opportunities

BT Community Connections

This award scheme offers free broadband to eligible community groups across the UK that help the wider community access the internet.

The closing date is Friday, 7 September 2012.

BBC Children in Need

Within the general grants programme, you can apply for: small grants of £10,000 or less per year for up to three years; main grants over £10,000 per year for up to three years.

Next grant application deadlines: 15 October.

See also our funding advice page.

Studies, reports and toolkits

Bright Education Centre – student interviews:

In Our Words
On this YouTube video, pupils, teachers, parents and community members speak about the great work that supplementary schools are doing in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.

Shpresa’s Supplementary School Tookit
Shpresa has made a toolkit about working with mainstream schools, focusing on how to develop and maintain partnerships. See the accompanying YouTube videos about their work.

Harrow Weekend School pilot project: evaluation report
This evaluation looks at both the impact on attainment, the wider impact on families and communities, and the impact on the mainstream schools of the children. It also shows how supplementary schools can form an integral part of authorities’ educational support programmes and extended services. A new project, Stag Lane Weekend School has grown out of the initial pilot and is showing excellent results. Download the initial report below:
Harrow Weekend School report

NRC Evaluation Report 2007-2010
A report on how the National Resource Centre for Supplementary Education has helped support supplementary schools and made a positive contribution to their organisations.

Impact Of Supplementary Schools On Pupils’ Attainment – February 2010
This DCSF report says supplementary schools boost children’s performance and confidence, and that their success is down to the fact they are voluntary and community-run.

Other news

Bronze awards for Lewisham schools
Tidemill Arabic and Cultural Club and African Family Project receiving the Bronze Award in the Quality Framework for Supplementary Schools from Maria Dalrymple, manager of Youth Aid LeTidemill Arabic and Cultural Club accepting their Bronze awardwisham, at the Lewisham network meeting for supplementary schools held on Wednesday 25 January. As can be seen in the photos below, Seloua Izeboudjene, headteacher of Tidemill Arabic and Cultural Club, and Jameela Osman, chair of African Family Project, were very pleased.

Jameela accepting the Bronze award for African Family Project            Seloua from Tidemill Arabic and Cultural Club accepting their Bronze award







CRB checks – January 2012 update
We’ve updated our information sheet on Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) checks. Includes answers to common questions on the system.
Word imageDownload the Word document on CRB checks

Northamptonshire supplementary schools campaign to keep funding
Twenty schools are due to have their local authority funding cut in March 2012, so they have started a petition to stop this from happening.
Sign the petition to save their funding.

Shpresa featured in the Newham Recorder newspaper
The Kosovan programme was featured in the paper twice last month for performances they held in honour of the European Day of Languages.
PDF imageDownload a scan of one of the articles.

Tarbiyat School makes music in the House of Lords
Eight students from the Persian school in Barnet performed positive rap music for peers and received medals.

Enhanced CRB check increases in price
The increase to £44 is less than the previously proposed ISA/CRB check under the Vetting and Barring scheme. CRB checks for volunteers will remain free of charge.

Refugees into schools
New guidance from the Employability Forum provides advice to support refugee community organisations (RCOs) to build effective relationships with local schools. ‘Engaging with schools: a guide for refugee organisations’ contains ideas for activities, including awareness raising, and practical steps to making a visit successful. If you would like more information or a copy of the guidance, please contact or call 020 7250 8330.

Vetting and Barring Scheme has been updated
We’ve collated the main points in a Word document with everything you need to know about the government’s recent safeguarding announcement.
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Language learning must increase to help UK economy
Language skills are becoming increasingly important because the UK job market is becoming more international.

Supplementary schools are saving the loss of languages
BBC News report on how supplementary schools are teaching the mother tongues not catered for in mainstream education and how these extra activities are helping children become high achievers.

Supplementary schools help pupils learn faster
Researchers found that pupils were encouraged by supplementary school staff to believe that ambitious careers were possible if they worked hard.

Special offers

NSPCC special offer: Arabic leaflet
The national child protection charity has produced an Arabic version of its ‘Worrid about a child’ leaflet, which offers guidance on recognising signs of child abuse and advises what people can do. To order up to 100 free copies of this leaflet (this is a limited offer for 6 months), please contact Noori Bibi, Child Protection and Awareness Officer for Minority Ethnic Communities at or phone 0207 825 7406.   

Timebank: Leaders Together
Timebank, the national volunteering charity, has an excellent offer for London-based community organisations with an annual income of less than £100,000. The Leaders Together programme will match leaders from the private, public and voluntary sectors with participating organisations to help them with numerous areas of their organisation, ranging from fundraising to project management.

A great offer from StreetGames and CTC’s Bike Club
Free Bikeability training for local community groups and schools across England to
get more young people cycling for fun, for travel, for health and for sport. If you have enough young people who want to do it, free instructor training for your volunteers and coaches can be arranged. Groups interested in the training should contact Emma Armstrong at
Read about Bikeability on the Department for Transport website.

Free websites for community groups
The BT Community Web Kit helps charities and community groups create easy-to-build websites to promote themselves for free. The offer includes free hosting, addresses and enough space for 500 pictures. Non-profit organisations can also get help with creating an online presence from Facebook and Google.

Free courses from Links into Languages East Midlands
Normally £50 per course, the East Midlands region for Links into Languages has opened up a range of its courses for free to all NRC members, including Planning for Sustained Progression in Languages and Classroom Strategies for Teachers of Primary Languages.

Accredited ConceptConnect training (PDF)
The Regional Youth Work Unit and Learning South West are working with ConceptConnect to provide two accredited courses at specially reduced prices. One is on supporting young people with disabilities or learning difficulties, and the other is about safeguarding vulnerable young people. 

Free computer courses for adults in Coventry
As part of the government’s drive for a digitally literate nation, Foleshill Women’s Training is offering courses both in-house and citywide across Coventry.

The British Museum
The British Museum has appointed a project worker, Siân Hunter Dodsworth, to engage and support supplementary schools to make more use of the museum’s collections.

Do you run or teach in a supplementary school? 

Would you like to bring your students to a museum or gallery but don’t know where to start?

Fifteen free places are available on a training session at the British Museum, which is all about how to bring your supplementary school to see the museum’s Shakespeare Exhibition. The training will take place on Sunday, 15 July from 2 to 5pm. Training will include a tour of the exhibition, training on how to run easy group activities with your students and the opportunity to discuss and plan a lesson.

To book a place or for more information, please email the Supplementary Schools Programme Co-ordinator Siân on or call 020 7323 8398

The Victoria and Albert Museum
To book a tour for your group (two weeks’ notice is required), please call 020 7942 2211 or email

Victoria and Albert Museum, London SW7 2RL,

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