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Enabling Inclusion!

OYA Saturday school will empower African-Caribbean teenagers to overcome feelings of marginalisation in school and employment:
1. 11-16 year-olds with challenging behaviour/mild learning difficulties
2. Economically disadvantaged post-16s seeking confidence-building and work-readiness opportunities

January 2019 - December 2019

Charity information: OYA Organisation Of Young Africans

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  • Need


    Many African/Caribbean students develop challenging classroom behaviour, often through perceived sense of marginalisation with cultural/racial undertones. Those with learning difficulties risk experiencing double marginalisation. Frustration leads to school exclusion.
    Disadvantaged post-16 African-Caribbean students can feel excluded from opportunities to develop work skills, responsibilities
    - in school as class reps, prefects
    - via quality work experience (lack relevant social networks)


    One-to-one attention every Saturday from trained, sympathetic culturally aligned older Student Aides (SAs) can reduce marginalisation of younger group.

    Each SA will ‘buddy up’ with an educationally challenged younger child, helping them develop appropriate classroom behaviour and learning strategies, and supporting them socially. SAs will undergo training by SEN specialists and will be supervised by qualified OYA staff. Range of workshops will further develop their employment skills.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To allow disadvantaged BAME children aged 11-16 to feel included and reach their potential


    » Each SA will buddy individual SEN/challenging behaviour younger student, accompany them to OYA classes and support them socially each Saturday

    What success will look like

    1. Younger group will evidence improved classroom behaviour and learning strategies via OYA and mainstream teacher feedback and personal self-evaluation.

    Aim 2

    To provide training and work experience for disadvantaged minority 16/17 year-olds


    » SAs will receive training via workshops: (1) Job Applications (CV, interviews) (2) Safeguarding and mentoring (3) Special Needs and resilience

    What success will look like

    Supervisors will report on appropriate professional behaviour of SAs. Target younger group will provide positive feedback on difference SAs have made.

    Aim 3

    To develop confidence and social skills of target groups, reducing anti-social behaviour


    » Enjoyable day trips for buddies and ‘buddied’ at start and end will facilitate bonding, test social skills and contribute to evaluation of project.

    What success will look like

    Staff and supervisors will monitor behaviour and relationships on first trip and measure positive journey made in terms of final trip.

    Aim 4

    To contribute to building a culturally inclusive learning environment in mainstream education


    » Away Day for SAs with supervisors mid-project will be useful for reflection, reviewing and planning second half of project.

    What success will look like

    SAs will provide feedback on value of Away Day at end of project, comparing initial plans with adjusted mid-term plans, implementation of new ideas, etc.

    Aim 5

    To share learning from this project with local schools, from which target group will be recruited


    » Recruitment process

    What success will look like

    Future partnerships

  • Impact


    • Acquired new skills evidenced by feedback and self-assessments
    • Future employment of SAs
    • Improved behavioural, retention, and achievement rates evidenced by progress checks
    • Increased local awareness of OYA and increased partnerships of mainstream schools
    • Improved participation of parents evidenced by increased number of parent volunteers
    • Lessons learnt to be reported and shared with supplementary school networks and mainstream schools OYA partners with


    Low uptake by younger group? OYA waiting list has increasing numbers of SEN
    Younger target group stigmatised by peers? OYA has robust no-bullying, inclusivity ethos and practice.
    Low uptake by SAs? Disadvantaged 16/17 year-olds need Saturday jobs, often contribute to family outgoings.
    Children photographed/filmed without prior consent. Rigorous training in safeguarding and GDPR.
    SAs fail to respect boundaries. SAs will never be left alone with children. All staff and volunteers DBS c


    We will establish baseline and compare against final outcomes.
    Activities monitored, via surveys, interviews of target groups, OYA and mainstream teachers.
    Detailed annual report submitted at end of project.
    Detailed mid-year evaluation on request.
    Visits by donors welcomed

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £12,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,300 SA Remuneration 10 SAs
      £900 Workshops 3 workshops
      £1,500 Supervision One-to-one supervision of SAs
      £1,000 Trip 2 bonding trips for SAs and younger students
      £500 Away day SAs and Supervisors
      £455 Running Costs Overheads
      £1,125 Co-ordinator's time 1.5 hs/wk allocated to project
      £220 Finance Officer's time 1 hr/3wjs allocated to project
  • Background


    OYA was founded on a Barnet council estate in 2000 and was ‘head-hunted’ by Park High, Stanmore in 2013 to help raise academic attainment of Harrow African-Caribbean students. A successful partnership has since developed, resulting in the transfer of the OYA Saturday school to Harrow in 2016.
    Similar to Harrow, Park High’s population is predominantly Asian: African/Caribbean students represent 9% of the total.
    We have an above-average number of economically disadvantaged (FSM) students.


    10 African/Caribbean children with challenging behaviour and mild learning difficulties.
    10 Student Aides from under-privileged backgrounds, five of whom will be from OYA and the remaining five from local secondary schools. They will be selected on a competitive basis, via a rigorous application process for which they will be trained.
    Families of both groups.
    Mainstream schools we partner, with whom we will share project experience for possible replication.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    OYA has a sound track record of delivery of educational support to the target community (10-16 year-olds of African/African-Caribbean heritage). GCSE results of OYA-supported students have consistently beaten national and local averages for all ethnic groups, while the target group consistently lags behind in national league tables. OYA has an enthusiastic, committed staff, teachers who are qualified and inspiring from our target group, and a large group of

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