The Children’s Literacy Charity partnered with Fenstanton School, Lambeth, in September 2012.
We were approached for an appropriate intervention in the school where children were significantly behind their classmates, as the school needed help with narrowing gaps in their learning; it was impotant to Fenstanton School that every child would have the same opportunities to fulfil their potential.
Over a 2 year period, expert tutors from The Children’s Literacy Charity worked closely with staff to provide more than 78 children with literacy tuition. Through tailored teaching we were able to build on the strengths of each individual child and help them make quick progress in their literacy learning.
Through our intervention we found that a child at the school – Laura – had been referred to us because her behaviour in class and around the school had become difficult to manage. This behaviour seemed to be linked to her struggle to communicate, as she could only write a handful of words — far less than was expected of a pupil of her age. What she could read was mostly achieved with picture books.
In her first few one-to-one sessions, Laura would face away from her tutor or try to walk out of the room. He tutor focussed on building rapport with Laura, which helped her make significant progress. Laura now really enjoys reading and likes to engage in lively discussions about what she has read! The school does find she struggles with behaviour but has seen marked improvements in her reading.
Our partnership with Fenstanton School came to an end in July 2014 where it was clear that we’d made a significant impact to the lives of children in the school. Teachers at the school could clearly see the children equipped with the skills and self confidence to make great progress in their future class lessons.
Our thanks to everyone involved with Fenstanton including our staff, volunteers and funders.