Project information

Out of School Education project

The project is for the development of an out of school education programme for the children who attend our Early Years Sessional Care and After School Club. The project will encompass literacy.

It will be ongoing

Charity information: Springfield Community Flat

Springfield Community Flat
  • Need


    SCF has clearly identified the need to maximise the literacy ability of local children within the 5-11 age range. Within this community, there is a high proportion of people who are illiterate - we estimate that 40% of children do not achieve functional literacy. Our experience is that intensive support is needed for children from a young age to ensure that they do not fall behind when they reach secondary school.


    We will run sessions for children who use our After School Club. This project will focus on raising the literacy levels for children in Key Stage 1 and 2. We are concerned with social and emotional development as well as learning outcomes. We will use ‘phonics’ (as used in all of the local schools) and a series of books graded into bands. For SEN children, we will use the ‘Toe by Toe’ reading/mentoring scheme.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improve the literacy levels of the children


    » We will run a daily session for around 25 children who are most in need of literacy support.
    » For children at Key Stage 1, level literacy sessions will support learning of letters, writing of high-frequency words and speaking & listening skills
    » Key Stage 2 level will be encouraged to explore a wide range of literature and spoken word mediums.

    What success will look like

    Success will be noticeable improvements in the literacy levels of the children.

  • Impact


    Specialist literacy support for children is imperative to enable the child to communicate with confidence, to raise their aspirations, and to create future pathways. Our work with the children will create a more level playing field with their class mates.


    There is a risk that some children will have no English. The community is very diverse, and non-English speakers frequently using our services. The majority of our staff members are bilingual, and the languages they speak generally cover the majority of those spoken by the migrants in this community e.g. Somali, Tigrinya, Arabic, Portuguese. If needed, we will use the expertise of some of our bilingual workers to assist the project leaders with those children who cannot speak English.


    We will monitor numbers attending project sessions, with data broken down into categories such as age, nationality, learning difficulty, gender. We will record outcomes. This statistical data will be recorded on paper files and electronically. Regular feedback sessions will be held with parents.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,060

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      Amount Heading Description
      £9,360 Salary Salary for two P/T Educational Outreach Workers (10 hrs per wk @ £9 per hr)
      £700 Project Materials/Advertising The cost of reading materials. And the cost of advertising
  • Background


    The project will take place at our Early Years Sessional Care setting for the Key Stage 1 children, and at our Stewart's Road Adventure Playground (StRAP) and Youth Club for the Key Stage 2 children.


    The beneficiaries of this project will be local children who are most in need of literacy support. The community we serve is very deprived. Church Urban Fund research (May 2012) shows that our parish is among the most deprived in the country. The figures highlight that 43% of children in this parish live in poverty. A Save the Children report (Severe Child Poverty, February 2011) also shows that severe child poverty is exceptionally high in London.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    SCF is the perfect organisation to carry out this work in this community. One of our strengths is that we are a grass-roots, bottom up organisation and we know our community very well. We have an 18 track record of helping the local people. We are based on the Springfield Estate where our core work is focused, and our embeddedness within the community means that we are aware of and able to respond to changing needs within the community very quickly.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Key Stage 1 Literacy Worker

    This worker will coordinate the work and activities for Key stage 1 children at our Early Years Sessional Care setting

    Key Stage 1 Literacy Worker

    This worker will coordinate the work and activities for Key stage 2 children at StRAP.