Shine Project

Partner: West Denton Primary School, West Denton, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Partner type: Maintained School
Project category: Academic

To raise aspirations in children from local primary schools through a programme of Saturday morning lessons and activities provided by Senior School staff and pupil volunteers

Aims of the project

Aim is to raise aspirations and increase pupil engagement in their learning. To provide opportunities for growth and development through the programme.

Pupils are chosen based on factors including pupil premium, free school lunches, SEN need.

Critical factors for success include pupil enjoyment of the programme, leading to greater engagement in school.  Development of self-esteem and confidence. Inspiring pupils through activities and events that develop their character and love of learning.

Immediate beneficiaries are the pupils from the primary school and the volunteers who accompany the pupils.  Families of the children are also engaged in the programme.  Pupils from NHSG gain a lot from volunteering for the programme also. Pupils Tve gone on to join NHSG through funded bursaries, benefitting them personally and contributing to the wider community at NHSG.

Background and goals

Funding was granted through the Shine Charity, following need and opportunity identified by NHSG .  Links were developed over time with participating primaries. Shine has been established for 6 years now.

Resources

Funding from the Shine programme covers transport and costs. Resources from NHSG are also crucial - in terms of facilities and staffing as well as pupil volunteers from Sixth Form. The programme makes use of NHSG school facilities and uses both teaching and non-teaching staff. It lasts for 4 months each year and runs every Saturday from 9am until 12. Partner schools do not pay for the sessions.

Impact

 

September – December 2017 – 48 on the programme in total - 16 from West Denton

 

Previous years: between 30 to 50. Pupils, parents and staff are issued with end of project questionnaires which are always extremely positive.  Attendance rates have improved on an annual basis, and children who attend in Year 5 usually come back in Year 6. Follow up meetings at the the school are also very positive about the long-term impact on some of the children, e.g. better team work, more engaged in lessons, more confident etc.

 

Pupil from West Denton Primary went on to secure bursary for senior school at NHSG and is thriving.

 

Pupils articipated in our annual Plan UK charity walk.  West Denton send children who participated in Shine only, and we have run assemblies at all three schools to raise awareness of the work of Plan UK.

 

Pupil involvement

There are a number of volunteers from NHSG who take the sessions and who work with the children attending.  The pupils from NHSG are Year 12 and 13.  There are 10 volunteers. All are girls.

The pupils from West Denton are aged 9-11. Boys and girls take part.

Frequency and duration

This is an ongoing programme.  The sessions run weekly from September until December on a Saturday morning. We expect the programme to continue indefinitely.