Trailblazing MEaP receives inaugural accreditation award from Manchester City Council

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In response to a policy brief suggesting extra funding for addressing some of the issues raised in the Integrated Communities Green Paper, Manchester City Council (MCC) has received DfE funding to pilot their own accreditation scheme for supplementary schools. This scheme is also being closely watched by Bradford and Birmingham City Councils who are also interested in adopting this innovative new scheme.

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Left to Right: Jan Bradburn (MCC), Amber Abisai, Saida Hadriz and Maeen Pasha (MEaP)

MEaP Academy Twilight School is one of two Greater Manchester supplementary schools to receive this inaugural award. The accreditation process consisted of multiple visits from MCC to talk to parents, teachers, pupils and teaching assistants about how the school implements its various policies in practice, as well as an in depth observation of teaching and learning within the school. Amber Abisai, MEaP Academy Twilight School Headteacher successfully coordinated the process and established the conditions for the school to proceed to the Higher Level Award.

Here are some of the quotes and recommendations that came from the visits:

I don’t feel the standard of mainstream is not what it should be and as a way of providing extra boost/support it was decided to enhance her education she should come here. She’s been here about 6 months. I heard about the Twilight School because my younger child attends Highway Hope. I think coming here is a real benefit to my daughter. (Parent)


This is something that will benefit me and I’ve noticed a real improvement in my school subjects. The atmosphere here (in the university building) has raised my aspirations. I really think this is benefiting me. (Young Person)


My daughter heard about this school through a friend at school. She has improved in all her subjects. I have noticed a real improvement in her attitude and I’ve been told by the teachers (at parents evening) she is doing really well. (Parent)


I can see the benefit of attending the Easter booster classes. Attending the University is more aspirational. I want to do a degree in Engineering. (Young Person)


I was worried when I got my 1st mock results: Science – fail, Maths – 4, English – 2

2nd mock results (after attending Twilight School): Science – 4, Maths – 5, English – 4

I’ve recommended the school to friends and they came. It’s time well spent and attending the university has raised my aspirations. (Young Person)


Friends told me about the Twilight School. I’m in Yr 11 and my sister’s in Yr 9. We both wanted to improve and I feel like I’m working harder in my mainstream school. Attending this school increases aspirations and I want to go on and study accounting, economics and business studies.

I want to study medicine and I’d recommend to all my friends if they are struggling (Yr 9 pupil) (Young People)

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Supplementary School as an Out of School Setting Conference, 16.3.19

Organised by Manchester City Council

Attended by Ornette D Clennon (morning sessions, only).

Morning Presentations

The Importance of Mother Tongue and Cultural Heritage Teaching

Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing

Morning Workshop

Behavioural Management

Our End of Year Round up of 2018

This year, we at MEaP have been busy preparing our application to the DfE for our Primary Free School with Nursery!

  • We consulted with key community partners on our vision
  • We assembled a team to help us materialise our vision
  • We had our first community consultation meeting in Manchester at the Windrush Millennium Centre
  • We are planning three more community consultation meetings next year:
    • In Salford, 8.2.19, venue: tbc
    • In Levenshulme, 8.3.19, venue: Highway Hope, 1 Matthews Lane
    • In Oldham, 11.3.19, venue: tbc
  • We are also working on an application form to officially enrol Members for MEaP. We hope that a members’ group will give us further opportunities to work in partnership with the wider ccommunity to continue to shape our plans for our school.

Advancing Equality Across Greater Manchester (GM) 28.11.18

Our Networking Activities in Oldham

Attended by Henry Ngawoofah

Advancing Equality Across Greater Manchester (GM), Locality cluster took place on Wednesday 28 November at the Werneth Conference Suite in Oldham. The Roadshow was second of a number of events across GM to enable our communities to explore how a number of GM proposals can shape service delivery and support the health and social care needs of local people in a meaningful way to tackle health and social inequalities that currently exist in the Oldham, Rochdale, Bury and Tameside areas.

The event provided MEaP with the opportunity to review and evaluate how we will engage with the local communities in Oldham and other authority areas about our Education plans. However, we noted that we will need to be aware of the local politics as an ‘outsider’ as this will affect how we are perceived with other local organisations, schools and the local authority.

More about the Event

Advancing Equality Across Greater Manchester (GM)

The event was attended by approximately forty people from a range of voluntary community sectors working across Oldham, Bury, Rochdale and Tameside. Maqsood Ahmad opened the event by setting the scene across Greater Manchester. Beginning with the historic journey of the relationship between the VSCE sector and NHS/Social Care Partnership leading to the establishment of Memorandum of Understanding.

This was followed by a short address from Javed Iqbal the Lord Mayor of Oldham, who shared his life journey working as a taxi driver, to becoming an IT Graduate and consultant before his current role as Lord Mayor. He highlighted the importance for Oldham to become a place where its young people will stay and seek opportunities to develop their careers and influence policy after they graduate from University. Maqsood Ahmad then provided a snapshot of the Health inequalities across Greater Manchester helping to set the scene before workshops.

The workshops and roundtable discussions were facilitated by community practitioners Donna Miller from Associate Director and Policy and Development for Equality at BHA, Mark Nesbit from Voluntary Action Traford and Audrey Okere-Fosu Equalities Coordinator. We were also able to engage with Charles Kwaku-Odoi and Charles Maduemezia from the Caribbean and African Health Network (CAHN). Maqsood also introduced me to community practitioner Samina Arfan who is the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for the NHS and Social Care across Rochdale and Oldham.

The discussions centred on the proposed role of the new GM Equality Board. The key questions for discussion were ‘How could a GM equality board best add value to your work and what should its priority be moving forward?’ What would people like to see happening to improve equality issues locally, and who needs to be involved? ‘What are the examples of good practice can you share including the public sector? E.g. your experiences of services, access to services?’

The main feedback and findings will formulate a report to be published in early 2019.  Some of the themes from the discussions focused on for example ‘How those who are vulnerable are able to be fairly represented within the GM Equality Board and VCSE Devolution Reference Group?’ ‘How do we know that representatives on the Board are making a difference to help improve quality of life?’ ‘To what extent commissioners will take into account the social value/impact the VCSE sector is contributing to Social care.’

The discussions also highlighted the need for closer collaboration across themes and sector, such as within education, housing, welfare, employment and health and wellbeing (holistic approach). Looking at the cost benefits of early intervention and preventative measure for health and wellbeing/ mental health.