Project information

Empowering deprived & BMER children via mentoring

Our mentors work in partnership with local schools in deprived areas. School teachers select children who have behavioural problems and / or low confidence and / or low attainment and / or lack of aspirations for mentoring sessions. Our mentors motivate children and raise their aspirations.

September 2018 - July 2021

Charity information: Education & Skills Development Group (ESDEG)

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  • Need

    Need

    Disadvantaged families from BMER backgrounds face a number of barriers in integrating their children in the UK school system. Many of these families suffer from a number of problems including but not limited to:
    •Parents have poor command of the English language

    •Families live in overcrowded or temporary accommodation

    •Parents are unemployed or on low income

    •Parents received poor or no education

    •Parents have limited ability to collaborate with schools and contribute to their children’

    Solution

    The main anticipated outcomes are:
    1. Improved attainment
    2. Improved behavior
    3. Improved self-esteem
    4. Raised aspirations and long term ambitions

    The anticipated outcomes of the new approach:

    5. Galvanizing children’s creativity and innovation through exposing them to success stories from the fields of entrepreneurship, innovation and the arts.

    Evaluation: through feedback from children, teachers and parents in addition to exam results and school report

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    1. Improved attainment


    Activities

    » Our mentors visit schools weekly to meet selected children working one to one with each child for half an hour every week guiding and supporting them

    What success will look like

    Through feedback from children, teachers and parents in addition to exam results and school report.


    Aim 2

    2. Improved behavior


    Activities

    » Our mentors build rapport and trust with children and work with children on improving their behaviour and addressing concerns raised by teachers

    What success will look like

    Through feedback from children, teachers and parents and through observing children during mentoring sessions


    Aim 3

    3. Improved self-esteem


    Activities

    » Our Mentors engage children in activities aiming at building their confidence and raising their aspirations.Mentors monitor children's progress

    What success will look like

    Through feedback from children, teachers and parents and through observing children during mentoring sessions


    Aim 4

    4. Raised aspirations and long term ambitions


    Activities

    » Mentors meet regularly with school teachers where children’s progress is discussed; collaboration is maintained on raising aspirations

    What success will look like

    Through feedback from children, teachers and parents and through observing children during mentoring sessions


  • Impact

    Impact

    Our mentors work with deprived children who are about to go to high school will reflect on their attainment at school thus leading to better employment opportunities which will have a long lasting impact on the future of these children. Our mentors direct children towards better futures away from some of the problems prevalent in deprived communities e.g. crime, substance abuse and anti-social behavior. We can demonstrate this through feedback from children and teachers and school reports

    Risk

    There is a risk that a few children do not progress and improve as much as we hoped for. Our mentoring programme provides 12 mentoring sessions to each child. However, a child who does not make enough progress will receive more mentoring sessions until his/her school teachers is satisfied that the child made sufficient improvements.

    Reporting

    We will provide reports recording each child’s personal profile, reasons for referral, goals, activities, and results of work we carried out. This will be supported by evidence obtained from school.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £19,008

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      Amount Heading Description
      £17,280 Mentoring to 48 children/3 yrs 48 children X 0.5 hour session X 12 sessions X 3 years
      £1,728 Central costs 10% of project Audit, bank charges, insurance, telephone, web hosting, admin etc.
  • Background

    Location

    Our mentors visit children in their schools on a weekly basis to spend half an hour with each child. The schools we work with are in Southall and Northolt which are deprived (if not the most deprived) areas in the London Borough of Ealing.

    Beneficiaries

    Children, partner schools, teachers, families and society. Teachers and schools benefit because our mentors help improve children's behaviour, attainment, self-confidence and aspirations. our mentors provide an added layer of safeguarding as sometimes children confide in our mentors and report things that teachers and parents are not aware of. Society benefits because our mentors implant values of honesty, success and hard work in children who might get drawn towards crime and radicalisation

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    ESDEG is a grass root charity run in direct contact with the community since 2006. Therefore, through long experience and deep knowledge of the community, ESDEG is able to identify many of the obstacles that prevent children from reaching their full potential.
    We have been working successfully with local schools for a number of years on a number of projects. We aim to not only boost children’s aspirations but also help them explore and learn about entrepreneurship, innovation and the arts.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Ahmed Hadhoud

    Ahmed is a Learning Mentor. He is an experienced professional in education. His work received positive feedback from schools, teachers and children.