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Project information

Stag Lane Saturday School

The aim of this project is to narrow the gap between disadvantaged children and their peers in Harrow by funding three community teachers at Stag Lane Saturday School.

September 2018 - July 2019

Charity information: Paiwand

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  • Need


    This project will address the barriers that prevent disadvantaged pupils in the London Borough of Harrow attaining good exam results. Achieving good results at school is critically important to ensuring that these young people have good life chances and choices in the future. In Harrow disadvantaged children achieve poorer academic results than their non-disadvantaged peers, affecting long term social mobility.


    This project will support 130 disadvantaged young people aged 6 - 11 from Harrow. At least 90% will be eligible for free school meals, 95% will be new arrivals (refugees, migrants and asylum seekers) from a wide variety of backgrounds, and others will have special educational needs. All of them are living in poorer households with parents who are unemployed or low waged, and who find it difficult to support their children. They also face other challenges related to adapting to UK life.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    130 disadvantaged children gain improved academic attainment in Maths


    » Delivery of high quality Maths lessons taught by qualified teachers.

    What success will look like

    Data from mainstream partner schools showing students' progress.
    Case studies from teachers.
    Surveys of children and their parents.

    Aim 2

    130 disadvantaged children gain improved academic attainment in English


    » Delivery of high quality English lessons taught by qualified teachers.

    What success will look like

    Data from mainstream partner schools showing students' progress.
    Case studies from teachers.
    Surveys of children and their parents.

    Aim 3

    130 disadvantaged children gain improved wellbeing and friendships


    » Drama and Music lessons that promote emotional expression.
    » An integrated school environment where children from range of schools learn together.

    What success will look like

    Surveys of children and parents.
    Case studies from their mainstream schools.

  • Impact


    Children will achieve higher levels in their end of year exams than were predicted at the start of the year before the intervention.


    Risk: Mainstream schools pulling out of the project. Due to cuts, fewer schools may be able to contribute fees to the service. To offset this risk we have reduced charges to schools and increased our fundraising activities.

    Safeguarding and child protection: All of our managers are trained to Level 3, all teachers to Level 1 and there is a safeguarding lead on our board of trustees. There is also a Steering Group that ensures policies are up to date and adhered to.


    An annual report outlining:
    - The academic progress made by children in Maths and English
    - Improvements to lifeskills, confidence, wellbeing and friendship measured by student feedback and case studies
    - Photos of the project
    - Feedback from parents about the changes seen

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £9,900

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      Amount Heading Description
      £9,900 Teachers 3 x Maths and English primary school teachers for 33 Saturdays per year

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    St James' Place Foundation £9,900 Guaranteed
    Fees from schools and parents £16,250 Guaranteed
    Crowdfunder £9,912 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The project will be based at Stag Lane Junior School, HA8 5RU. 85% of children at the school have English as a second language and are mainly from Indian and Black African backgrounds. The majority speak another language at home and some enter the school speaking little or no English. The proportion entitled to free school meals is high and a significant number are refugees or asylum seekers. The proportion of pupils with learning difficulties or disabilities is above average.


    130 primary-aged children will benefit from increased support in Maths and English. All of the children will either be eligible for free school meals or be considered disadvantaged by their schools. Both boys and girls will be supported with figures showing that 55% of current students are girls. 100 of the students will be referred from local schools as they are behind their peers in educational terms particularly Maths and English. The other 30 students will be self-referrals.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Afghan Association Paiwand (Paiwand) aims to benefit the refugee, asylum seeker and migrant community through reducing poverty, advancing education, and relieving suffering.
    We currently assist over 2000 beneficiaries from all backgrounds (not just Afghan) each year who are mainly from Barnet, Harrow, Brent and Ealing. 1/3 of our clients are aged under 25 years old. We offer Saturday Schooling, mentoring, employment support and development activities.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Saturday School Manager

    Responsible for managing stakeholder relationships, curriculum and overall project success.

    Service Lead

    Monitoring and reporting to funders, fundraising and line management of Saturday School Manager.

    Stag Lane Junior School

    Host of the Saturday school. Senior leaders at the school champion attendance and refer students to the provision.


    6 UK qualified teachers in total deliver the Maths and English lessons.

'Saturday school made me like school'

Saturday school child