The Partnership provides opportunities for schools to share projects which they otherwise would not be able to run for the children, for example the fencing and archery clubs, the Scarabeus equipment (ropes). Projects such as the ‘Kinder Kitchen’ project, an enterprise/cooking project, the GLEE project linked to the Pineapple Dance Studio and the ‘Making the Right Choices’ project based on gang awareness for year 6 are all funded by the ESP.
ESP also fund and run special projects such as the Speech and Language initiative. Thirteen of the schools, including Wilbury, highlighted the need for more input in school from a Speech and language Specialist. ESP have therefore employed on a contract basis, a S+L therapist for us to share. This has been invaluable and will continue into the foreseeable future.
In addition, specific, individual school projects are bid for and Wilbury have been fortunate to have been awarded money through the Local Residents Priority Fund, to purchase the KS1 Multi-use games area and two adventure play areas. Other smaller projects such as the small KS1 library in the year 1 corridor was funded through Foyles Bookshop.
The ESP also provides support networks for schools to work together to develop their practice, for example for Parent Support Advisors from different schools to work together and for secondary and primary schools to work closer together to provide the best transition for children leaving primary school and entering secondary school. The group work closely with the Police, the Local Authority and other community groups to ensure that the best provision is given to our children. Our Health and Wellbeing fair was supported through the ESP.
Funding has recently been secured to appoint a Somali Community Worker to support across several schools.