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Making Education a Priority (MEaP)

Bringing Education to Life for Life!


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.

What we do

For Parents:

MEaP Academy (Twilight Supplementary) School

For Local Authorities and Commissioners:

Alternative Provision (AP)

Community Education and Lifelong Learning

Arts and Culture

Skills For Life, Research and Social Action Projects

Our Aims

To form a growing hub of Supplementary Schools across Manchester.

Our hub of supplementary schools has ten 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

  • To mentor in employability and enterprise skills
  • To develop education and enterprise programmes
  • To form partnerships with various social enterprises so that the hub can strengthen its employability and lifelong learning provision within the communities it serves

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Our History

Making Education a Priority (MEaP) is the legacy of a lively conference with the community that Manchester Metropolitan University hosted in 2013. We were honored and privileged to have Diane Abbott MP as our key note speaker on the day. 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 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 can read more about the conference here.


Supported by


Supplementary School Accreditation Award: Higher Level

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