Supplementary Schools Conference - Emerging Role of Supplementary Schools

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Saturday 15 July 2017, 9.30am to 1.30pm, Great Hall, University of Bradford. The conference will provide an opportunity to discuss what role supplementary schools can play in developing children’s confidence and resilience to 21st Century pressures as well as contributing to social cohesion

In an  increasingly globalised society, supplementary schools can play an important role in preparing our children, young people and country to meet the economic and social challenges of the 21st century by providing practical solutions for challenging times.

Is it time for the educationalists and policymakers to pay more attention to the potential of community-led organisations in children’s education and development?

Is it time for supplementary schools to evolve and rethink their role to deal with issues faced in today’s society?

Does community-led supplementary education present an opportunity to develop practical ways to build a fair, integrated and tolerant society?

The conference will provide an opportunity to discuss what role of supplementary schools can play in developing children’s confidence

Keynote speakers:

  • Pascale Vassie, Chief ExecutiveOfficer, National Resoure Centre for Supplementary Education(NRSCE)
  • Maurice Coles, Chief Executive, Co-ED Foundation

Eight workshops(choose two):  

  • Quality assurance for supplementary schools 
  • Compassion in learning
  • Resilience to radicalisation 
  • Staying safe online
  • Character building curriculum(ILM2AMAL)
  • British values and citizenship
  • Educate against hate
  • Equality, Diversity and Cohesion 

Supplementary schools’ provide part-time, out-of-school educational opportunities for children and young people, primarily from minority ethnic communities. They commonly teach mother-tongue language and/or National Curriculum subjects, together with faith and/or cultural studies. Many also offer activities such as sport, music, dance and drama.

Supplementary schools are established and managed by community members, often on a ‘voluntary basis’, and operate from community centres, youth clubs, religious institutions and rented facilities in mainstream schools. They are not legally defined as ‘schools’ in Britain and are not subject to statutory regulation. While many supplementary schools are small local groups run by parents, others are part of larger organisations that provide a range of services. There are an estimated 3,000-5,000 such organisations in England and over 100 ‘supplementary schools’ running in the Bradford district attended by over 10,000 children.

Supplementary schools being at the heart of their community, give children the opportunity to learn about their own heritage and the willingness to learn from those with different beliefs, cultures and backgrounds. They also provide parents with information about the systems of education in Britain; support children in the development of those skills necessary to get the most out of mainstream education; and build in them confidence in their own abilities. They have a key role to play in building a fair, integrated and tolerant society by giving pupils the confidence and skills to develop shared values.

For booking and further information please contact Javed Bashir, Supplementary Schools Education Service, Diversity & Cohesion, 01274- 439385 or email 



Published: 13/06/2017
Audience: Mainstream school staff, supplementary school staff, school governors, educationalists, policymakers
Contact: Javed Bashir

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