RSA Report: Beyond the School Gates

Academic Lead: Dr Ornette D Clennon

Citing our research into supplementary schools (on page 39), a national RSA Report on Supplementary Schools makes the following policy recommendations (p. 4):

R1: There should be greater encouragement and support for supplementary schools to work with youth (between the ages of 14–19), directly supporting their further and higher education, career ambitions and transition to adulthood.
Given the links supplementary schools have with students and their families, many are well placed to play a pivotal role in supporting black and minority ethnic (BME) youth from low income backgrounds as well as youth who are new to the country. Depending on the relevant connections and motivations of the supplementary school, schools could offer careers advice, organise work placements and formalise links with higher education institutions and local businesses for future employment opportunities.

R2: University outreach, bursary and widening participation programmes aim to connect with supplementary schools in their area, giving them similar opportunities to those offered to mainstream schools.

By working with supplementary schools, as well as engaging directly with specific communities who are under-represented within their academic institutions, higher education institutions can help embed these schools in the wider educational network and increase their visibility.
University engagement can also facilitate more open relationships
between mainstream and supplementary schools and with other educational projects. The goal should be holistic support for ethnic minority pupils and young people.