Complementary Schools Consultation 2016

On 23rd May we held a successful consultation event to help us design our training programme to support tutors and others involved in running complementary schools and similar language-based educational activities for children in Sheffield. 19 people from 11 different complementary schools and groups attended. It was a lively and participative event and feedback from attendees was overwhelmingly positive. In particular, people valued having the opportunity to meet tutors from other schools and groups.  Participants were given information about some of the activities that had happened under the HoLA project over the past year as well as information about forthcoming activities (such as the Film Summer School and Young Interpreters’ Course). Ahmedyad Ameen from the Nergiz Kurdish language school gave an interesting presentation on the benefits of using the ASDAN accreditation scheme to motivate young people studying languages in which GCSEs and A-levels don't exist. We provided a list of 13 different potential topics for training sessions and asked people to identify the ones they would be interested in attending and which days/times they are available. Most people ticked most of the topics and Monday evening was the most popular. We will now use the results of the consultation to set up training and information sessions over the coming months. A number of additional ideas were suggested and we will be looking at these to see if there are other areas in which we can offer support to Sheffield’s complementary schools.