Impact of partnership work done in 2018 (ISC annual Census 2019)
- 12 state schools benefited
- 50 to 100 state school pupils benefited
- 400 staff hours given
• JAGS hosts the Saturday Literacy Scheme (SLS) in partnership with the Southwark Community Education Charity. Here we welcome 44 Year 3 children from local state schools to a fun and free set of literacy workshops. All children who are invited have been identified as struggling with Literacy for a variety of reasons, but are not identified or diagnosed with formal SEN. This means the children would not receive additional learning support within their host schools. JAGS offers free use of space, purchases all stationary and learning resources (Reading books, craft and activity resources, snacks and drinks, all stationary) and has a member of staff appointed to coordinate the program each week for administrative support.
Regular feedback from parents, children and host schools indicates that children who attend the SLS return to schools with increased confidence in learning, speaking and listening and asking specific questions for help. Overall, children and parents report a greater love and enjoyment of reading and improved learning. Headteachers report improved classroom behaviour and higher achievement.
• Our Year 10 pupils along with 4 Year 12 pupils volunteer every Saturday morning from September – April as mentors with our Saturday Literacy Scheme. Each week JAGS pupils arrive at 9:45 for briefing and volunteer until 12:45 as buddy readers and in-class literacy support mentors for Year 3 children from state sector schools who are underperforming in literacy. With over 44 children registered through partnerships with 12 state schools, JAGS volunteers are instrumental in encouraging a love for reading, being role models of enthusiastic learning, developing and improving skills and literacy and improving confidence overall. Parent and child feedback indicates that volunteer mentors are a key aspect of the program and results children attending more regularly and enjoying sessions more fully.
• JAGS students take part in a Maths Enrichment Learning Day hosted for local primary school children in Years 4-6. The aim is to deepen and further develop a love for and proficiency in mathematics. Children who attend are often higher achieving in Maths, but the schools struggle to provide enough engaging extension for them within the classrooms. This was set up at the request of local primary schools and involves a full day of activities and prizes and relationship building with and between local primary schools. Impact shows increased enthusiasm and achievement for those attending.