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Making Education a Priority (MEaP)

Supplementary Education and Lifelong Learning


Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Manchester and IntoUniversity

Founder Members: Zeinab Mohammed and Dr Esther Oludipe


We want to promote education and life-long learning as key drivers for urban regeneration.

Who We Are

We are a consortium of African and African Caribbean-led supplementary schools, social providers, cultural providers and educational providers from across the Greater Manchester area. Our consortium consists of Highway Hope Supplementary schools, Grace Incorporation Faith Trust (GIFT), Highway Hope Social Enterprise, Strategies To Elevate People (STEP), Twilight School at MMU and Nurturing Foundations.


To form a growing hub of Supplementary Schools across Manchester.

Our hub of supplementary schools has five areas of focus:

  • To share teaching, capital and human resources across the hub
  • To focus on teaching core curriculum subjects (English, Maths and Sciences)
  • To use digital, media and creative industries education and training as a medium for teaching core curriculum subjects
  • To provide high quality academically relevant enrichment (extra-curricular) activities across the hub
  • To support volunteer teachers across the hub with their Continuing Professional Development and Initial Teacher Training
  • To form partnerships with various educational, cultural and social providers so that the hub can strengthen its educational provision within the communities it serves
  • To open two culturally inclusive Free Schools

To expand our programme of Lifelong Learning initiatives

What we do

Supplementary Education

Alternative Provision (AP)

Community Education and Lifelong Learning

  • For the Impact of Our Work, click here.

Our Playlist

Our History

Making Education a Priority (MEaP) is the legacy of a lively conference with the community that Manchester Metropolitan University hosted in 2013. Themes around Culture, Identity, Community and Governance emerged from all of the excellent contributions to the conference. You will read in detail how these themes, firmly rooted in Education, began to define a pathway towards Social Justice in a practical way, for our communities. In our workshops (see Conference Resources) we explored the models of Free Schools, Co-operative Schools, Studio Schools, Supplementary Schools and Arts-led Special Schools. We also had workshops about thinking of Alternative Education as Protest, which gave us an insight into what “Critical Pedagogy” could actually look like on the ground, in our communities. You will also be able to get a sense of our progress directly after the conference by reading our Newsletters on the page.

For more details of the conference, please read here.

Supported by


Supplementary School Accreditation Award: Higher Level

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