Into School

Covid-19 update

Into School is delivering hybrid face-to-face and online sessions to allow those who live further away to join online.

Into SchoolInto School at The Baytree Centre is a programme that facilitates the transition of newly-arrived girls into the UK education system. The Into School programme offers support to girls in our local community who have recently arrived in the UK and have no school place.

Young immigrants and refugees of secondary school age often struggle to find spaces at oversubscribed schools. They are often made to wait for months for a school place, a process that is particularly hard on girls without English language skills. Things are harder for those aged 16 and older: consultations with school admissions teams show that after age 16 years, girls are unlikely to be offered a place because they cannot achieve good GCSEs. Most girls who approach us report feeling isolated, discouraged or depressed when not in school. Young Women’s Trust research shows that young women are not in education, employment or training (NEET) longer than young men, which has an adverse effect on later earning potential and their mental health and self-esteem.

On the Into School programme, girls participate in English for Speakers of Other Languages classes from Monday to Wednesday. They attend maths and sport classes as well as cook and have lunch together on a daily basis. Girls are also matched with a mentor who helps them apply to schools and colleges and follows up the applications with individual schools or the council. The girls take part in fun activities and workshops together to learn more about life in the UK, including day trips to cultural sites across London and important local landmarks. They can also attend a variety of morning and afternoon activities with other women and girls at the Baytree Centre, giving them the opportunity to extend their social networks and practise their language skills.

Outcomes:

  • Girls are supported and given a structured routine that is pivotal to preventing isolation and depression.
  • Girls improve their English language skills, they become familiar with the UK culture, institutions and services, and develop social networks with other young people, all of which play an important part in facilitating cultural and social integration.
  • They find school places at secondary schools or vocational colleges, depending on age, preventing them from becoming NEET.

If you are a parent or guardian who would like to register a girl, please contact youth@baytreecentre.org.uk, call 0207 733 5283 or visit us at The Baytree Centre.

If you would like to make a referral, please fill out our referral form and send it to rosanna@baytreecentre.org.uk or call 0207 733 5283.

Team Members

Madiha

Into School Coordinator & ESOL Tutor

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Sparklers Club

Sparklers takes place weekly for girls in their final term of Year 6 and starting Year 7. It supports the transition from primary to secondary school by making it a smooth and enjoyable process. Sparklers currently runs on Tuesdays from 4.30-5.45pm.

Junior Spark Club

Junior Spark is a weekly group for girls in years 8-9. Each term, the girls decide what topics they would like to work on or discuss – for example friendships, finding motivation, or challenges at school. Junior Spark currently runs on Thursdays from 4.30-6pm.

Spark Club

Spark Club is a weekly club for girls in year 10 and above and, much like Sparklers and Junior Spark, is a space for girls to develop life and leadership skills. Girls are empowered to understand and value their identity and potential. Spark currently runs on Wednesdays from 5-7pm.

Sparking Futures 

Sparking Futures supports girls and young women who are interested in taking the next step towards their futures. This is a great opportunity for girls to get some hands-on experience for their CV and a taste for working within a field of their interest.

  • Employability workshops
  • Learn to write a CV and personal statement
  • Learn about different careers
  • Exciting work experience opportunities

Workshops and opportunities take place on the last Friday of every month, from 5-7pm as well during school holidays.

Time Commitment: up to two days per week/or afternoons to be agreed.

“We are currently seeking a volunteer to support our Monitoring and Evaluation Officer. Evaluating our programmes and monitoring their impact is an integral part of BAYTREE’s work.  Knowledge of the local demographic and understanding the needs of our beneficiaries and women in the local community helps us to shape our projects and deliver tailored support programmes.

In this rewarding and interesting opportunity, you will help organise and deliver focus groups, gather and input data for reports, design evaluation forms and conduct research. This role is suitable for someone who wants to make a difference in the community and has an interest in community development and programme development in the voluntary sector or wants to learn more about it. Desired skills and qualities:

  • Good communication skills, one to one and in groups
  • Good written communication skills
  • Ability to deal with people of different ages and backgrounds
  • Administrative skills
  • Non-judgmental approach
  • Confident using MS word and Excel, databases

Whilst this is a volunteering opportunity, we are also open to those seeking an Internship to gain experience in the voluntary sector.”

Time Commitment: One session per week – Monday to Thursday between 12.00pm – 4.00pm

During Term time only for up to one academic year or a minimum of 2 terms (6 months)

“We are recruiting volunteers to provide mentoring and befriending support to women accessing our adult service. Our Women’s Service is committed to providing a warm, friendly, and supportive space for women from all backgrounds. In this rewarding and mutually beneficial opportunity, you will provide one to one support to women to increase their sense of social inclusion and reduce isolation. Most of the women requiring this support are already attending ESOL classes at BAYTREE. Therefore, the focus of these sessions will be befriending, English conversation practice and providing basic information and support to access services.

As a volunteer in this role, you will need the following skills and qualities:

  • Fluent English
  • Empathy
  • A good understanding of services and how to access them
  • Reliable and able to commit to the required time commitment
  • Good communication skills

Please do apply if you think you can give back in this way!”

Time Commitment: Flexible, 1-2 hour sessions every 2-4 weeks

“BAYTREE’s social mobility programme aims to empower women to realise and fulfil their potential. Women are helped to access resources, support networks, develop resilience and ultimately improve their lives and that of their families and community.

We are seeking a Cantonese speaking female volunteer for within our coaching programme to assist with translation in sessions with a client and a mobility coach.  The sessions take place every 2-4 weeks at mutually agreed times, and last for up to two hours.  They are ongoing according to how well the coaching progresses.”

Time Commitment: One session per week for up to an hour over the academic year, sessions start from between 4pm– 6pm weekdays Monday – Thursday remote or in person

“We are recruiting academic mentors to join our dynamic Youth Mentoring programme to provide one to one academic support to girls aged 8 -18 who may be falling behind in their schoolwork due to the disruption to learning over the past 2 years. We are looking for volunteers with good GSCE or degree level education to provide support in a wide range of subjects. Excellent interpersonal skills, patience and enthusiasm towards learning are welcomed qualities for this rewarding opportunity. Full training and ongoing support will be provided.

Volunteers will act as role models, supporting academic progress and providing inspiration and encouragement to young people who may be at risk of becoming vulnerable to further disadvantage as the attainment gaps widen. Whilst the focus is supporting academic progress, wellbeing and confidence building is also an important aspect of the role.

If you have passion for supporting and inspiring others to reach their potential and want to pass on your knowledge please get in touch!”

Time Commitment: Tuesday 4pm –5pm

During term time only from mid-September 2022

“This popular club is running for a second year and we are looking for a volunteer to inspire and engage young readers aged 9-11 to discuss and share the books they read together over the term.  This club is all about bringing books alive by facilitating discussions and sharing the enjoyment of reading in a group and sharing opinions.  Each session will vary, but the simple format of sharing what the girls have read, doing book-related activities and choosing new books will remain. This role is great for anyone who enjoys working with children and can commit to a weekly session.”

Time Commitment: One class per week – Tuesdays or Thursdays 4pm – 5.30pm

During term time only for up to one academic year or a minimum of 2 terms (6 months) 

“We are looking for volunteers to help run our very popular cookery and baking club!  Teaching children to cook from a young age is a great way for them to learn important life skills whilst having fun.  The aim of this club is to inspire and build confidence in cooking, and the importance of healthy eating and nutrition.   If you would love the opportunity to teach a small group of girls aged 6-11 how to prepare nutritious snacks and meals from quick and easy recipes each week, with the creative freedom of devising your own recipes, please do apply!

Time Commitment: Thursdays 5.00pm – 6pm, for a term or up to one academic year, term time only

“We are looking for a support volunteer to help deliver our fun and energetic hip-hop dance club for girls aged 8-11. This club promotes confidence and self-expression through dance and we are looking for someone who can inspire and motivate girls, and work closely with our existing volunteer to tailor and create simple routines.  For this opportunity you will need:

  • A degree or professional qualification in dance
  • Experience of delivering dance classes
  • Experience working with children (desired but not essential)
  • Good communications skills
  • Positive attitude
  • Patience

If you have passion for dance and creative arts and would love this opportunity to teach others, please do get in touch!”