Supplementary schools, also known as complementary schools, make up a significant part of the education sector and it is estimated that more than 10,000 children across the Bradford District attend these schools in the evenings and/or at weekends.
More than 370 people attended the conference which was organised by Bradford Council’s school and community development team. It brought together community and faith leaders as well as safeguarding professionals, to explore some of the challenges that supplementary
school leaders face.
The conference was opened by Coun Adrian Farley, Bradford Council’s portfolio holder for children and families. Distinguished keynote speakers at the event included Dr Anthony Thorpe, from the University of Roehampton, London, and Mustafa Field MBE, Director
of Faith Forum for London. Workshops at the conference focussed on child protection, dealing with hate-related crimes, internet safety, and child sexual exploitation.
Coun Adrian Farley, Bradford Council’s portfolio holder for children and families, said:
“Supplementary schools play a significant role in the education of many children in our district. We want these schools to be the best they can be and we want to be sure that they are keeping children safe. This conference is about bringing community and faith
leaders together, along with professionals and national experts. It will help us identify what works well in our supplementary schools and what the areas are where we can help them to improve.”
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