DfE’s current funding policy on the communities is driven by raising standards in Maths, Science and English agenda. This reflects only a fraction of the work undertaken by the community organisations: provision in the home language; arts; music and drama sessions; partnership projects with schools and other mainstream organisations; parental involvement are just some of the dynamic and innovative practices undertaken by such organisations. Complementary schools are voluntary institutions. Also known as supplementary schools, they generally serve a specific linguistic, religious or cultural community. These dynamic voluntary institutions serve the specific needs of various communities and their multiplicity of functions. A key issue for Black, Asian, ethnic minority and migrant communities is their children’s attainment and this is what characterises the schools.
To this end the Centre for Multilingualism in Education (CMU), London Metropolitan University in collaboration with the National Resource Centre for Supplementary Education (NRCSE) is planning one day conference which will: examine the role of community organisations in affecting pupils’ learning and the way they contribute to children’s academic achievement.
With the conference we aim also to promote and disseminate:
● work of community groups and their partnerships with mainstream organisations relating to ethnic minority children’s educational attainment;
● research into community groups particularly those related to practice in supplementary schools
● partnership models between mainstream and community organisations for wider audience to achieve maximum impact.