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Training and resources

Students on the Effective Teaching Skills course, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea








The NRC offers training for anyone working in or with supplementary schools, or anyone interested in setting up a supplementary school. In-house training is offered on demand, and we also have a termly programme of one-day training courses. Visit the Open training page for current course dates. 

You can also read about some external training providers which may be of interest. 

We also produce the termly Bulletin magazine and various resources for supplementary schools. If you join today and become a member of the NRC, this will give you access to more resources, such as our How to guides.

The Bullet!n

The Bulletin is the best way of keeping up to date with the latest information and developments in the supplementary education sector and related fields. With a national readership and contributions from academics, teachers, school co-ordinators, LA officers and the DfE, The Bulletin is an indispensable resource for anyone with an interest in the field.

The cover of Bulletin Summer 2010Keep up to date with the latest developments in supplementary education.

Visit the NRC Bulletin archive and download the current issue.




The e-Bulletin

In response to popular request, we have launched a monthly email version of our Bulletin, which has further updates, relevant news and useful information about current issues and developments.  

Visit the e-Bulletin archive and download the current issue.

Management templates

We have made available a series of templates for use by your school. These have been provided by other supplementary schools, or produced by the NRC.

Access the templates.

Working with supplementary schools

Download a document from Southwark Council on how local authorities can work with supplementary schools:

PDFPartnerships with supplementary and community schools

Visit the original Southwark Council guidance on ethnic minority achievement in schools.

Safeguarding Children

Safeguarding children cover

Guidance for Madressahs and Supplementary Schools

A new publication of national interest has recently been launched by Kirklees Council at the North Regional Conference for Supplementary Education to guide madressahs and supplementary schools in best practice in safeguarding children and young people.

Find out more about this publication


Shared objectives

Find out how supplementary schools contribute to the national agenda in our handy guide.

PDFShared objectives

Policy map

It is now widely acknowledged that supplementary schools can make a valuable contribution to a number of educational objectives, such as raising the achievement of minority ethnic pupils.

However, fewer people realise that supplementary education can also improve outcomes for children, young people, families and communities in a range of other ways.

This online resorce will help you to understand the important role that supplementary education plays in many different policy areas.

Visit the policy map. 

Arts and diversity

The Arts Council England and the NRC have worked in partnership to research arts and diversity in supplementary schools.

Download the report and view photos of learners and their artwork.

Supplementary and mainstream schools: supporting new arrivals

We’ve drafted some guidance for supplementary schools on the best ways of helping new arrivals, such as international migrants, including refugees, asylum seekers and economic migrants from overseas.

Visit the Supporting newly-arrived communities pages.

Evidence base

This includes articles and research reports that provide the evidence that supplementary education works.

Download some reports.

The Learning Exchange

Supplementary schools are, effectively, part of the range of extended services to which mainstream schools can signpost their pupils. Membership of the Learning Exchange therefore offers supplementary school staff strong benefits in building their relationships with mainstream schools.

Visit the Learning Exchange website.

Visit the supplementary school forums:

Mainstream schools working in partnership with supplementary schools: rewards, issues & challenges

Sustainability of supplementary schools

Join the movement!

Supplementary school members benefit from access to the Quality Framework, discounted training, online downloads, the Bulletin magazine, a monthly e-Bulletin, and much more.

Full membership for twelve months costs £30.

Join as an associate member and show that you support supplementary schools across England, which are working hard to make a difference to young people’s lives.


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