Leadership clubs

Giving every child the chance to succeed is key to the Mayor's ambition to making London the best capital city in the world.

Helping children and young people to succeed in education is key to improving their life chances, reducing youth crime and the economic success of the capital. The Mayor has identified this as a priority through his recent Education Programme and the Young Londoners Successful Futures Plan.

Following the disturbances across London in 2011 the Mayor pledged to commit £1.6million to create a minimum of 25 leadership clubs in schools to improve the motivation, discipline and educational attainment of over 1,000 pupils that are disengaged or at risk of disengagement from school.

After a competitive grant funding process the Mayor is pleased to announce allocation of funding to four organisations to deliver the leadership clubs through a variety of different approaches.

The clubs range from Saturday school schemes using creativity to boost confidence, to 'boot camp' style strict regimes, and bespoke group and one to one interventions. All the clubs focus on literacy and numeracy to help children excel in their lessons.

SHINE Trust: ‘SHINE in Secondaries' (awarded £501,100)

SHINE in Secondaries is a brand new programme based on the highly successful SHINE on Saturday's initiative. Pupils attend regular teaching sessions on Saturday mornings which combine a creative curriculum with interactive sessions to improve their learning, speaking and social skills.

The project also offers a week long summer school for pupils and peer mentors. It will help 630 pupils over the next three years from 12 schools in Waltham Forest, Haringey and Brent.

Eastside Young Leaders Academy: 'Eastside In-School Programme' (awarded £365,524)

This in-school leadership programme exclusively for boys is delivered in both primary and secondary schools to pupils identified by schools as 'at risk'.

The leadership programme takes place in schools through a variety of weekly workshops and 1-to-1 sessions addressing: barriers to learning; supporting and developing effective learning habits and behaviour through self-discipline; and a focus on numeracy and literacy support. It will reach over 420 pupils over the next three years from 14 schools in Newham, Barking and Dagenham, Hackney and Tower Hamlets.

City Year London: ‘City Year’ (awarded £150,477)

Based on their existing model, City Year will place young adult volunteers (Corps Members) in primary and secondary schools on a full time basis for a year. The Corps Members act as role models, mentors and tutors in schools and work with a 'focus' list of targeted pupils as identified by the school.

Corps members work with pupils within class, in small groups or 1-to-1 sessions. Corps members will also participate and organise before school, lunchtime and after school activities within the school.

City Year leadership clubs will reach 360 pupils from five schools in East London over three years.

Ark Schools: 'ARK Inclusion' (awarded £510,000)

ARK Schools will work in partnership with a number of partner organisations to deliver a range of interventions to pupils who are at risk of exclusion in primary and secondary schools in Lambeth, Southwark and Croydon.

Consortium members will offer support for pupils at risk of exclusion by ensuring their successful transition from primary to secondary school and providing the interventions they need in order to thrive in mainstream education.

This project will provide support for 400 pupils in 10 schools (five ARK schools and five non-ARK feeder schools).

In total the programme will reach over 1,500 pupils from over 40 schools (both primary and secondary schools) in London.

One of the objectives of the programme is to test out a range of different approaches for supporting young people who are at risk of disengaging from school and society.  An evaluation has been commissioned which will look the impact of the individual projects as well as the programme as a whole.