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Project information

21st Century Classrooms & Playground!

To COMPLETE the overhaul of Side by Side Nursery and School's outdated Classroom Furniture, Therapy Resources, Indoor/Outdoor Play Equipment and ICT, Woodwork & Science facilities.

February 2011 - August 2011

Charity information: Side By Side (Children) Limited

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  • Need


    Children with Special Needs need the right tools and environment to thrive and advance. Although the Staff at Side by Side do their very best, they are often limited due to lack of suitable equipment and resources and are forced to make do with the current collection of outdated furniture & equipment. Improved results could be accomplished using already existing and available more advanced equipment. Its absence frustrates our dedicated and determined teachers in their drive for pupil growth .


    '21st Century Classrooms & Playground' will fill the void by providing our special student body with the vital resources needed to meet their unique challenges and overcome their limitations. '21st Century Classrooms & Playground' will include the purchase of specialist ICT suites (complete with high visibilty monitors, trackball mice etc.) fully adaptable (& wheelchair accessible) classroom furniture, smartboards, multi sensory/therapy resources, Playground equip. Woodwork, Science and more!

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To drastically improve , upgrade and enhance the facilities at Side by Side.


    » Classrooms: Outfit the classrooms with new desks (incl. wheelchair accessible units), chairs and smartboards (electronic whiteboards).
    » Multi Sensory & Therapy : Fully equip the 3 multi-sensory/therapy rooms with all the equipment needed.
    » Play: Upgrade indoor and outdoor play equipment, including installing specially adapted climbing frames and associated soft surfacing.
    » All the rest: Set up and equip a new Science Laboratory, Woodwork Room and ICT suite, all specially adapted to SEN.

    What success will look like

    Success will be realised once we have purchased and installed all the relevant equipment, and see our pupils progress through its use.

  • Impact


    '21st century Classrooms & Playground!' will further upgrade education at Side by Side.

    Change will be measured in forward strides in our students' academic and social performances. All improvements will be marked in each child's IEP (Individual Education Plan.

    '21st Century Classrooms & Playground!' will enable each & every one of Side by Side's students to thrive and reach their full potential as well as equipping them with the necessary tools to excel in their post-school life.


    The primary risk jeopardising the realisation of '21st Century Classrooms & Playground!' is insufficient funds.

    To mitigate this risk we will be launching a major fundraising drive, using The Big Give as a medium towards financial success. Donors love knowing that their donations will be doubled!


    Quarterly reports will be posted or emailed (depending on preference) to donors.

    Major Donors will be invited to take part in various opening/ribbon-cutting events related to the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £160,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £30,000 Classroom Furniture Purchase of new classroom furniture & Smartboards.
      £23,500 Science Lab. Outfitting of a new, adapted science lab.
      £13,500 Woodwork Room Set-up of complete woodwork program.
      £18,000 ICT Facilities Purchase of adaptable ICT units.
      £30,000 Multi-Sensory Rooms Fit-out of all 3 muti-sensory/therapy rooms.
      £35,000 Playground Incorporation of specially adapted Climbing Frames and associated soft surfacing into the playground
      £10,000 Smartboards Installation of interactive whiteboards in all classrooms.
  • Background


    Side by Side is located in the multicultural London borough of Hackney (2nd most deprived Local Authority nationally) and caters to chilldren with Special Educational Needs from Hackney & equally colourful Haringey (18th most deprived LA nationally). Side by Side has been providing specialist care and education in the area since 1996 and is growing at an average rate of 12% per annum.


    The primary beneficiaries of the '21st Century Classrooms and Playground' will be the 70 children who are currently students at Side by Side.

    The long term nature of the project will ensure that hundreds of future Side by Side students will benefit from the resources which make up '21st Century Classrooms and Playgrounds'.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Side by Side opened it's doors in 1996 with only 3 children in a private home. We have since evolved into a fully fledged institution which provides a holistic approach to the care and education of children with Special Educational Needs. Parents, Therapists, Teachers and Carers work hand-in-hand to bring out the best in each individual child.The actualisation of '21st Century Classrooms & Playground!' will provide the tools and scope for further development of our vital programs.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mrs Gemma Blaker

    Gemma is the recently appointed head-teacher at SBS. She has extensive experience in the world of SEN both in her personal and professional life.