Also known as supplementary schools, these schools are operated on a part-time basis by voluntary organisations representing minority ethnic, linguistic and cultural communities. They provide education on a variety of areas, mainly community languages, religious studies, cultural studies and curriculum learning related to the community’s country of origin. Some complementary school provide education on core curriculum areas of the mainstream curriculum.
The DCSF encourages mainstream schools to develop partnerships with complementary schools and has provided some funding towards support for complementary schools. http://www.continyou.org.uk/