Knowing that plenty of support on safeguarding is available in local authorities via Local Safeguarding Partnerships (LSPs) and Young People’s Foundations (YPFs) and government-funded projects such as Faith Associates and Strengthening Faith Institutions we are focusing on three developmental and interlinked areas right now at NRCSE.
Continued focus on supporting supplementary schools in putting together practical, embedded and active policies and procedures that everyone understands and observes. We are training co-ordinators/managers/trustees/founders to understand fully their responsibilities and ensure functioning management committees/trustee boards. We are reworking our 3-day Good Management course for remote delivery. It will be ready at the end of the month. There will be a fee but with online delivery we can keep it low and even lower for subscribing supplementary schools. We are hoping to do some face-to-face delivery in very small groups or one-to-one for those that are not able to access e-learning.
Creative teaching and learning:
The NRCSE Creative Teaching and Learning (CTL) project focuses on the role that arts and cultural learning play in transforming young people’s lives. It also explores how such interventions can support supplementary school teachers in adopting more creative approaches in their teaching. Mon is managing this as a funded project for our JLC boroughs; the learning from the project is available on the website. We’re also applying for Heritage Lottery monies to offer it out more widely. https://www.supplementaryeducation.org.uk/nrcse-creative-teaching-learning-young-people/
Remote teaching and digital skills:
We have just finished our first cohort of 5 -week courses for supplementary schools across the JLC boroughs and are now able to open places for the next cohort. To find out more about the course and see if it would be useful for your school, please attend our introductory session on 30 September at 6.30pm. Book here for access code.
All of these areas of focus will support supplementary schools in the preparation of Quality Mark Portfolios of Evidence. We are currently reviewing how all our training and quality assurance in line with government guidance around Covid19-safe delivery. Quality Mark recognition meetings are being held remotely at present and this will continue to be the case for the Autumn term at least.
We remain passionately committed to advocating for the important work that is community-led supplementary education. The Quality Mark process – preparation, portfolio of evidence, recognition meetings with educational experts, celebration events in parliament and civic buildings around the country, the NRCSE online directory of quality assured provision – gives NRCSE and YOU a platform to demonstrate your excellence and the impact of your work on children and young people.