EducateFirst open day at the Bangladeshi Community Centre in Leeds.
Through our day-to-day contact with students, parents and teachers, we have identified that many children within various communities are underperforming at school. In order to gain a better understanding of the community’s needs, we teamed up with a group of qualified teachers and held an Open Day at the Bangladeshi Community Centre in Leeds back in April 2010.
There was a great deal of interest from the local community as our Open Day gave them the opportunity to discuss their educational requirements and gain advice from teachers. In addition to obtaining much-needed advice, attendees enjoyed complimentary refreshments as well as the opportunity to win some great prizes, including a mobile phone. EducateFirst believes that children from all social, ethnic and religious backgrounds have the right to additional educational support.
The Open Day allowed us to establish that there remains an unmet need for educational support for many children and we are now working to try and help the community tackle this issue. As a result, we have been running weekend classes in Maths, English and science for children aged 5–16 years, covering key topics in the National Curriculum. The classes (held at the Bangladeshi Community Centre) have been a huge success and we have received some excellent feedback from both children and their parents who have requested that we continue the classes throughout the summer holiday.
In addition to running classes, we also prepare a monthly newsletter designed to keep students and parents informed on matters related to education.
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