Springboard - London
Springboard for Children aims to raise the aspiration and attainment of children who are, for whatever reason, left behind in the education system. Working in partnership with schools they provide dedicated literacy centres for children who struggle with the task of learning to read and write.
Springboard offers schools a programme of high quality, intensive, tailor made multi-sensory, literacy tuition, delivered by qualified tutors and trained volunteers. They enable vulnerable, barely literate children to overcome their learning difficulties and raise their expectations of themselves and their ability to achieve.
Springboard has the sole use of one room at St Mark’s School in Kennington in South London on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The unit is managed by a qualified specialist literacy tutor who is supported by four trained volunteers. 15 of the schools neediest children are taken from their mainstream classroom to the unit, twice a week, by their volunteer tutor. Each Springboard teaching unit is considered to be a stand alone project in terms of funding and efforts are made to ensure each project is funded by a charitable trust, charitable foundation or corporate sponsor for a minimum of one academic year.
ALMT was the sole benefactor of St Mark’s for all their educational costs and made a three year commitment. The donation helped to stabilise the project. The trustees felt this educational intervention programme offered not only high quality literacy tuition, but also provided stability and continuity to each child.