Aims of the project
The course aims to encourage the children to be aspirational, to develop skills that will help their learning and to improve their focus in school. Having the older girls as role-models allows them to see what they could aim for in Senior School and sessions are designed to show that learning can be fun.
Background and goals
SHINE is an education charity that changes the lives of disadvantaged young people by providing them with extra English and Maths support and creative learning opportunities after school, on Saturdays and in the school holidays. Croydon High was looking for an opportunity to share their facilities and resources with local children and to work with other schools to build up the aspirations of these, often very bright, young children.
The key resources are the teaching staff and the sixth form students who so ably assist them. Teachers devise and plan their activities and deliver exciting, fun sessions which stimulate the children and provide opportunities for them to experience a wide range of learning styles.
Impact is qualitative. Parents and teachers report an increase in engagement and confidence following SHINE.
The Head Teacher of one of the participating schools said:
"I would say that the impact of the programme is much wider than core skills: the children have all grown in confidence as learners, to believe that they can succeed and excel, to persevere if it doesn't work out the first time, and to see learning as a lifelong adventure. “
30 boys and girls from the partner schools, who are in Year 5, participate in this programme. Around 15 sixth form girls from Croydon High help over the course of the programme.
Frequency and duration
The programme has run every year since 2013 and plans are that it will continue.