Supporting local authorities | National Resource Centre for Supplementary Education

Supporting local authorities

Working together with local authorities we are able to provide trainers and training materials free of charge (for a limited time) for a wide range of courses to develop skills within supplementary school. We can help to support forums and work with local mentors to support schools through the quality framework. 

Every local authority is unique, for some supplementary education is higher on the agenda than for others. This reflects in the differing support offered to supplementary schools across England. Some have supplementary school coordinators whilst others do not engage with their schools at all. In order to meet the differing needs the NRC takes this into consideration by providing a menu of services.

If you have a question or thought you’d like to share with others please join the Learning Exchange. The Learning Exchange is an online network of extended school cluster managers, study support co-ordinators, headteachers and other people who are working to widen opportunities for children and young people. There is a forum specifically for supplementary schools so join our online community today.

PDF imageHow to set up a supplementary school hub and network

PDF imageSupplementary Schools and Young London assessing the contribution of Lambeth’s supplementary schools to the educational achievement of black students.

In order to find out what support may be applicable to you local authority read the statements below to see what applies:

No experience/knowledge of supplementary schools

Mapping – Are you are aware of the Supplementary Schools operating in your area, do you know what is being taught and when? You can start by searching the Our Languages website: www.ourlanguages.org.uk/schools.

Forum Facilitation – A User Lead umbrella body which represents Supplementary Schools can provides a mechanism for Local Authorities to engage with Supplementary Schools whilst ensuring they remain independent.  This method can address issues such as safeguarding, funding, identifying training needs and general consultation with communities which are often seen as hard to reach.

Delivery of Quality Framework – How do you know that the schools in your area meet a minimum standard? How do you know that safeguarding children has been considered?  Have schools considered the risk that children may face and are their volunteers and staff working with the children supervised and supported. The Bronze entry level will ensure that Supplementary Schools have the basic policies and procedures in place and that they have met a minimum standard. This level has already been embedded within some Local Authorities for funding streams for Supplementary Schools. 

Tailored Training – Our training compliments the Standards which make up the Quality Framework Awards. These are delivered by trainers with a wealth of experience in their particular field.

Some experience, limited capacity to develop

Delivery of Quality Framework – How do you know that the schools in your area meet a minimum standard? How do you know that safeguarding children has been considered?  Have schools considered the risk that children may face and are their volunteers and staff working with the children supervised and supported. The Bronze entry level will ensure that Supplementary Schools have the basic policies and procedures in place and that they have met a minimum standard. This level has already been embedded within some Local Authorities for funding streams for Supplementary Schools. 

Tailored Training – Our training compliments the Standards which make up the Quality Framework Awards. These are delivered by trainers with a wealth of experience in their particular field. 

Partnerships – Developing partnerships between supplementary schools and mainstream schools can have benefits for both partners. Helping mainstream schools to fulfil their core offer for extended services and strengthening supplementary schools addressing sustainability. Linking to local Safeguarding Board and other interested parties. Use the Our Languages website to find partners: www.ourlanguages.org.uk/schools.

Lots of experience of working with supplementary schools, staff in post to support, funding and training available etc

We can promote good practice of your work; share your experiences with other local authorities who are still developing.