What year was CEDF Punjabi school established?


CEDF Punjabi school was established in 2004 following frequent requests from parents and members of the local community. After consultation with the local secondary school – Hamstead Hall Academy in Handsworth Wood, Birmingham.  The Head of School Mr Farar was keen to kick start Punjabi classes which were open not only to pupils at his school but to children and young people in the wider community, with ages ranging from 6 -18 years of age.   The strength of this partnership was praised as an exemplar of best practice in partnership working.  In 2007 a report commissioned by the institute for policy studies in education at the London Metropolitan University stated that 'CEDF' Saturday complementary school is managed with the professionalism of a mainstream school. 


What is the core activity at CEDF?


At CEDF our core aim is teaching Panjabi to the next generation of young people.  CEDF Panjabi School provides high quality punjabi lessons to children and young people. many students go on to study for their GCSE's and AS Levels however, at our school we value the achievements made by each and every student regardless of their age, level or ability, every child matters. 


How many students are currently attending?


At the very beginning when we originally started at Hamstead Hall Academy we had 3 students, over the years we have seen this grown to over 150 students, both at Hamstead Hall Academy and at CEDF Hockley building.


Where are the punjabi classes held?


Classes are delivered at 2 centres – CEDF Learning Centre, 46 Hockley Hill, Hockley, Birmingham, B18 5AQ and Hamstead Hall Academy, Craythorne Avenue, Handsworth Wood, Birmingham, B20 1HL. The Hockley site is more towards Entry Level pupils, that is to say complete beginners. A universal Panjabi curriculum for Key Stages 1, 2, 3 and pre-GCSE does not exist for Panjabi teaching, thus our school has developed the curriculum for Entry level up to Pre-GCSE level. The prescribed AQA curriculum is then followed for GCSE and AS / A-Level classes.


What times do the classes start? and what days/dates?


Our school is a supplementary school which runs in line with mainstream school term dates. Our classes for 2014 – 2015 started on Saturday 20th September 2014 (with enrolment days on 6th and 13th Sep 2014).

CEDF Panjabi School language classes are held on Saturday mornings 10.00am – 12.00pm to children and young people from 4 to 18 years of age. 


Does the school charge for its classes?


Costing for the entire academic year is £60 for 1 child  / £90 for 2 children / £120 for 3 children / No additional cost for 3+ students. (Note: children must be siblings and not cousins / friends, etc.)


How many staff do the school employ?


The school currently have 2 Project Managers, 11 Punjabi teachers and 4 teaching assistant's who volunteer there free time to help and teach young children. Many of the teachers at the school are not qualified teachers but individuals with a passion for teaching Punjabi. The staff have a clear passion and drive to teach children and young people the punjabi language, culture and heritage.

Without the help and support of the project managers who work tirelessly, their hardwork, commitment and dedication to CEDF has been invaluable.



Are you involved with other Punjabi Schools?


CEDF has excellent links with Panjabi schools in Coventry, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Sutton Coldfield, Glasgow and as far as Italy.  CEDF's project manager Mr Gurjit Gill has delivered essential training to the teachers throughout this network of linked schools.  CEDF has particapted in sharing best practice and contributed to the continous improvement of school's teaching and curriculum resources.  As a result of this tireless work, CEDF is culturally and linguistically supporting close up to 500 children and young people across the country. 



Do all staff/management committee members have DBS (CRB) checks?


The school is committed to safeguarding, and this commitment is reflected in its stringent recruitment procedure.  It is a mandatory requirement for all CEDF staff to undertake DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) checks. 


Does the school encourage staff to undertake training? 


Staff are required to attend in-house training specifically tailored to our school.  Staff have also taken advantage of training courses in Behaviour Management, Child Protection, First Aid Awareness, Health & Safety, and Teaching & Learning.  These courses have contributed significantly to our staff's continuous professional development. 



How often are fire drills, and Health & Safety assessments carried out? 


Fire drills and assessments are carried out twice a year.