Project information

SHINE on Saturday in Edmonton

SHINE on Saturday is a unique project that gives teachers the resources to provide extra support on a Saturday for children who need it most. The project will benefit 120 children, and give them access to inspiring and creative educational experiences they wouldn’t otherwise have had.

September 2016 - July 2017

Charity information: Shine: Support And Help In Education

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  • Need


    In the UK today, 2/3 of children from disadvantaged backgrounds leave school without functional standards of English and maths. This translates into lower earnings over the course of a working life, higher probability of unemployment & even reduced life expectancy.
    We believe that all children should have the chance to succeed, irrespective of their background or family income. We support teachers and schools to raise the attainment and aspirations of children from economically deprived areas.


    SHINE on Saturday provides additional education support to children who are struggling to achieve their full potential at school. The project will deliver:
    • Saturday sessions over 25 weeks for 120 underachieving children in years 4, 5 and 6;
    • Improved attainment, through the delivery of 15,000 extra hours of learning during the school year;
    • Creative and innovative educational experiences to inspire children to learn.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improve attainment with at least 60% of students making accelerated progress in reading, writing.


    » 25 educational Saturday sessions running throughout the school year

    What success will look like

    Baseline assessment and termly assessment to show attainment and progress of children.

    Aim 2

    Increase levels of self-esteem and confidence.


    » Working in small groups to encourage peer-to-peer learning
    » 125 hours of additional educational support per child

    What success will look like

    Questionnaires and anecdotal reporting from pupils, parents and teachers.

    Aim 3

    Provide affordable study support and enrichment activities to the local community.


    » Relevant trips to places of interest relating to the curriculum theme
    » Extra-curricular support from visiting professionals

    What success will look like

    Cost per pupil analysis and track attendance of pupils.

    Aim 4

    Develop more positive attitudes to learning


    » Inspirational Saturday sessions built around an exciting topic, which helps children to apply their learning.

    What success will look like

    Questionnaires and anecdotal reporting from pupils, parents and teachers.

  • Impact


    As a result of SHINE on Saturday, 2/3 of the students make accelerated progress in English and maths. A report by the National Foundation for Educational Research highlighted that SHINE on Saturday is having a positive impact on the lives of students in terms of learning, social and emotional outcomes as well as on teaching staff, schools, parents and the wider community. They also reported that there was firm evidence that SHINE on Saturday was impacting on parents and the wider community.


    • Risk: Low levels of recruit pupils for the project. Management: We will work with them to promote the project.

    • Risk: Poor financial management. Management: Robust due diligence conducted of schools. Regular reporting from schools, project visits and communication throughout the project.

    • Risk: Poor project performance. Management: Quarterly reporting, regular monitoring visits and meetings will be conducted throughout the year and any issues arising will be addressed at an early stage.


    We gather attendance and attainment data on all our projects, as well anecdotal evidence of the impact on pupils. We report to our donors on an annual basis with our Annual Impact Report, as well as providing newsletter updates and stories from our projects throughout the year.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £52,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £36,250 Teachers & Teaching Assistants Deliver sessions on a Saturday
      £3,500 Resources & training Resources and materials for sessions
      £4,500 Trips Inspiring trips and visits from professionals to deliver sessions
      £4,375 Refreshments Lunch & refreshments provided to all pupils during Saturday sesisons
      £3,375 Assessment & contingency Assessment of all students and contingency for unforeseen costs
  • Background


    This project is based in 2 schools in Edmonton, one of the most deprived areas of London with child poverty rates of 50% (national average: 21%). In the area there are high levels of gun and knife crime, gang culture and high levels of unemployment. Within the local area, there are few opportunities for pupils to take part in enrichment activities or get the additional educational support they need to succeed at school and typically only 4% of pupils start school at age related expectations.


    This project will support 120 children from Edmonton aged 7 – 11, in particular pupils who are:
    - Eligible for Free School Meals (FSM);
    - Underachieving in relation to their peers;
    - Disengaged with school or have poor attendance records.

    Typically, 50% of the students will be eligible for FSM (national average:16%). Over 70% of the group will speak English as an Additional Language and a number of children will have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    SHINE has a 15-year track record of delivering successful Saturday programmes, with two thirds of SHINE students making accelerated progress in English and maths. Our work has been endorsed by Ofsted, New Philanthropy Capital and the London School of Economics. A report by independent experts at the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) highlighted that our programmes have an impact on children’s confidence and self-esteem.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Teachers & Teaching Assistants

    The project is delivered by qualified, school-based staff, who know the children’s needs and are best placed to deliver the sessions.

    External Support

    For example, visiting practitioners who provide creative and innovative learning experiences to inspire the pupils.

    SHINE Programme Manager

    Responsible for monitoring and evaluation, providing support to the schools where needed and reporting back to donors.