Supporting supplementary schools | National Resource Centre for Supplementary Education

Supporting supplementary schools

Supplementary schools come in all shapes and sizes. Some are at the development stage, whereas others have been running for many years. In order to meet the varying needs of schools, we offer a variety of support.


Our new training programme is proving very popular with over 350 people attending courses in January – March 2010. Our training is aimed at supplementary school teachers, coordinators and management committee members. Courses include funding workshops, starting a supplementary school, introduction to the British education system, classroom management and more.

View the full list of courses available.

We need a minimum of fifteen people to run a course, let us know which ones you are interested in and we can see if other schools in your area would like to attend too.

Quality Framework

The Quality Framework for Supplementary Schools is an excellent development tool for any supplementary school. The Bronze level looks at the building blocks of your organisation, this can often be challenging for schools as it means having the correct policies and procedures in place. To help schools we have developed a range of sample documents which can be adapted to meet your needs.

The higher levels concentrate on the teaching, if you chose to go on to the higher levels we would assign a mentor to your school to help you with the process.  You’d build up a portfolio of evidence meeting the different standards for each award and then attend a recognition meeting where the portfolios are peer assessed. 

More information on the Quality Framework.

Funding advice

Although we are not able to meet face to face with every supplementary school to help them develop funding bids we will endeavour to help. We can give feedback on funding applications via email – contact your local advisor for more information. If you have signed up for our monthly e-Bulletin you’ll have monthly updates on funding opportunities and deadlines.


As many supplementary schools rely heavily on volunteers we often get enquiries about volunteering, we have a page dedicated to volunteering advice.

Bulletin magazine

Our termly Bulletin magazine will keep you connected to what is happening in the world of supplementary education.

View previous editions of the Bulletin.

Advice and guidance

When you become a member of the NRC you will receive a welcome pack with fourteen How To Guides:

How to…
Start up a supplementary school
Create an effective learning environment
Manage finances
Make sure children are safe
Raise funds
Follow employment law
Select and support staff and volunteers
Choose the right resources
Record progress and achievement
Teach effectively
Plan and develop your organisation
Consult, monitor and evaluate
Set up and run your organisation
Work with other organisations


M Abu Hussain from Thames Bengali Association said: ‘I’m very delighted to let you know that thanks to your support and hard work our application to BBC Children in Need has been awarded for three years. On behalf of our management committee and from me, I would like say THANK YOU VERY MUCH!! for your support.’