Complementary Schools and Their Communities in Leicester
researchers at the Universities of Leicester and Birmingham will be
investigating issues relating to identity and ethnic culture among
schoolchildren in a new study funded by the Economic and Social Research
the first study of its kind to take place in Leicester, the Project Team based
at the University of Leicester's School of Education will study Complementary
Schools in the city.
researcher Dr Peter Martin is conducting the study with Mr Arvind Bhatt of Crown
Hills Community College and Dr Angela Creese of the University of Birmingham.
lecturer Dr Martin said: "Complementary schools, also known as
supplementary schools or community schools, are voluntary schools that aim to
maintain ethnic cultures, languages and literacies. Our study will look at the
schools and their communities in Leicester.
study will be in two phases. The first phase will survey all complementary
schools in Leicester in order to understand the nature and scope of provision in
supporting minority linguistic and ethnic communities. In the second phase, a
small number of Gujarati schools will be studied in greater depth."
Martin said that the second phase of the study will look at how diverse ways of
learning in complementary schools support, and are sustained by, their
we look at how the schools relate to other sectors of statutory education in
order to inform wider social and educational debates at the local and national
level. We also look at how complementary schools contribute to the political,
social and economic life in the wider community, and to the changing nature of
identities of young people."
Martin said that the research would help to build an awareness of how
complementary schools serve their communities.
will identify participants' beliefs in, and attitudes to, their languages,
literacies and cultures, and how these contribute to processes of social
inclusion and forming of identities.
study will facilitate a basis for stronger links within communities, between
communities and with the mainstream sector. By gaining an understanding of how
complementary schools can add value to the mainstream sector, we will engender
local and national debates on educational and social policies and
For more information contact Dr Peter Martin on 0116 252 3679 (available before
Friday June 14) or Mr Arvind Bhatt on 0116 212 0304 or Dr Angela Creese 0121
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