National Association of Supplementary Schools (NASS)

Collection Ref No.:

GB 2904 NASS

Date range:

1979-2005

Description

The National Association of Supplementary Schools (NASS) was formally set up in October 1987 to unite and guide the work of Black Supplementary Schools nationally. NASS had grown out of the Black Education Movement (GB 2904 BEM) and Black Parents Movement (GB 2904 BPM) active since the late 60s to secure improvements in the education of Black children.

Admin history:

The National Association of Supplementary Schools (NASS) was formally set up in October 1987 to unite and guide the work of Black Supplementary Schools nationally. NASS had grown out of the Black Education Movement (GB 2904 BEM) and Black Parents Movement (GB 2904 BPM) active since the late 60s to secure improvements in the education of Black children.
 
NASS elected officers at the Inaugural Meeting on 18 October 1987 were: 
Chairman: John La Rose; Vice Chair: Valentino Jones; Secretary: Mavis Milner-Brown; Assistant Secretary: Anthea Thorpe; Treasurer: Andrew Johnson; Assistant Treasurer: Sam Robin-Koker; Public Relations Officer: Gordon de la Mothe.
 
Based on the principle of self-reliance and self-help, NASS had a membership fee of £20, and its motto was "We are our own educators". Its key aims were:
 
(a) To provide guidance and support to community groups wishing to establish new supplementary schools.
(b) To influence governmental and Local Educational Authorities policies to introduce changes in mainstream school curriculum and practices.
(c) To promote partnerships between parents, mainstream schools and supplementary schools.
(d) To build a resource unit to assist in the dissemination of relevant information to parents, teachers and young people.
 
The funding contribution made by the Inner London Education Authority (ILEA) enabled affiliated NASS members to develop courses on Black history, culture and identity alongside national curriculum subjects. This extended provision enabled the development of Black community and youth services, which was instrumental in the building of skills and self-confidence of young Black people.
 
The abolition of the Inner London Education Authority (ILEA) in 1989 by the then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher impacted on the work of NASS and its members in an important way, as its projects were funded by the ILEA. 
 
By the 1990s, the formal role of NASS was weakened, even though correspondence and documents relating to various black educational issues continued to be received and collected beyond the year 2000.
 
The Fonds consists of records accumulated by John La Rose and other NASS members. It includes letters, minutes, reports, flyers, brochures, notes and newspaper articles.

Custodial History:

The material in this collection was gifted to the George Padmore Institute by John La Rose.