The Phoenix Agenda was established to address the underachievement of African Heritage Children in Leicester City Schools. Approximately ten years ago the Government had identified failings within Leicester City Schools to address the underachievement of certain communities, The Phoenix Agenda arose in 2011 firstly to address the growing concerns of African Heritage families and communities within the City and secondly as a consequence of the issue being highlighted within Government circles.
The Phoenix Agenda was set up as a Social Enterprise and began working with a City School focussing on developing strategies to raise the achievement of targeted groups, this included holding Presentation Events to build self esteem and awareness of African Heritage achievement in City Schools. However as a further consequence of the publication of another Leicester City Council report led by the Children and Young Peoples Scrutiny Commission in 2018 entitled "The Underachievement of African Caribbean and White Working Class Pupils, The Phoenix Agenda recognised that something more was needed, this resulted in the setting up of Phoenix Agenda Supplementary School in October 2019.
Our plan is for our Social Enterprise to acquire legal status as a Charity in the near future.
Achievements So Far:
We re-established Leicester’s only African Caribbean Supplementary School in 2019.
We have a team of well qualified, committed staff.
Our team are DBS checked and all relevant training and safeguarding has been undertaken prior to the commencement of our programme.
We run regular sessions in English, Maths and Science on a Saturday morning.
Our students generally arrive on time, eager and willing to learn.
Our students are committed to becoming “their best selves”
Our students are exploring what it means to be Great and Successful, in their studies and in their lives.
During Covid 19 we have temporarily transferred our operations to an online video conferencing platform.
Who are we...
Science Teacher for 20 years. "I have worked in Leicester for 20 years teaching EAL, SEN and all students my love of Science.
I have a passion for teaching and love to see children learning.
I am a founding member of the Phoenix Agenda Supplementary School."
Camille London Miyo MBE,NPQH
English Teacher, Head of department and Deputy Headteacher for the past 30 years."My community activism has built substantial parent/community networks.
I was one of the contributors to the book "Beyond the Blockade - Education in Cuba (2019)" and I am co-editor for the upcoming "History of Black Teachers in the NEU" to be published in 2021. I am also nominee for Services to Education in the BLAC Awards 2020."
Cllr George Cole
Local City Councillor and retired University Lecturer. Excited to see what difference Phoenix will make to the children of the immediate and wider community.
"I am a founding member of the Phoenix Agenda Supplementary School."