BME Children in London: Educational Needs and the Role of Community Organisations. An evaluation of the education services of ‘Day-Mer, Turkish and Kurdish Community Centre’

Research Team led by Alessio D’Angelo

This partnership project between Middlesex University and Day-Mer Turkish and Kurdish Community Centre investigated the educational needs of Turkish and Kurdish children and families in London and discussed the role of community organisations in providing supplementary education and supporting schools in integrating these children.

In particular, the project used Day-Mer as a case study and evaluated the effectiveness of its educational services including: supplementary classes, ‘role models’ project, and ‘developing parental involvement’ project. The project – funded through the Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC) ‘research capacity building cluster’ –  took place between May and August 2011 and  included questionnaires and interviews with parents, members of Day-Mer’s staff and representatives of schools and other local organisations. The final report was launched at a community event in October 2011.