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ylProgress at school is severely hampered by poor reading and writing skills. The Big Literacy Project will encourage boys to enjoy books and reading and enable them to gain confidence in writing and performing their work.


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 This project is an after school programming club to teach software development skills to inner city boys who otherwise would not have access to the equipment, the experts and the shared space to learn with friends. We aim to train up to 50 boys over the next two terms, building an evidence base to access additional funding to continue the project. Donating will enable the boys to build new skills and confidence, raising their aspiration and career ambitions.

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- IT equipments


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We are currently looking for Saturday Leaders to support our Education Team and after school tutors on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.


About after school tutors we are looking for people who want to support a small group or one-to-one learner, lead a set of activities using resources provided, encourage enjoyment of learning and build self-confidence with praise and feedback.


About Saturday Leaders we are looking for people who want to support small groups of boys (aged 8 to 16) through educational and leadership activities, motivate them to stay on task and discuss the activities with them, provide a positive role model through a mentor-like relationship. There is also the possibility to get involved in planning and leading the sessions if appropriate


Please dowload this form and contact us sending an e mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you want to join SYLA's Education Team.

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- arrange a visit at your place of work

- lead a WAMIMS session. 

‘Walk a mile in my shoes’ is a question and answer session where boys get an opportunity to follow someone’s life journey. We invite members of the community to come to our Saturday leadership session to bring items that reflect their jobs or interests and share stories of their education, career, hobbies, and discuss their goals and aspirations. The initiative was developed to expose boys to a broad spectrum of people from the community and introduce new leisure pursuits and career options. Previous contributors have included a policeman, a fisheries/science officer, a young entrepreneur and an extreme sports enthusiast and mountaineer.






Education Coordinator                                      Salary £25,000 - £27,000                 35 Hours per week


Southside Young Leaders Academy is a south London charity devoted to improving the life chances of Afro & Caribbean boys who have the potential to succeed.  Our work is diverse, but everything we do is designed to help our young people build the cultural, social and intellectual capital they need to transform their lives, and their communities.


Education is central to our work, and the Education Coordinator will act as the lead for managing all our activity in this area. You will have the chance to build on the demonstrable success of our existing education programme, making it broader and deeper to further help our boys to meet their potential.  You will work with our team of part-time tutors and education partners, as well as with the boys’ schools, to create a genuinely holistic package of educational support for each boy. 


Our successful candidate will be a talented and experienced educator, keen to explore how alternative provision can complement the work of schools.  As such, you will need to be a qualified teacher, and have experience of building and developing a curriculum that can flex to meet the needs of a diverse group.  You will be particularly focused on finding ways of helping boys to build a sustainable love of learning, balancing fun and rigour in equal measure. 


You will be particularly eager to address the inequalities that exist in the education system, and will see the solution to this in helping our boys sustain concentration and application.  You will also want to inspire a generation of boys to achieve their full potential. Current experience within safeguarding and child protection framework will be highly advantageous.

With education at the heart of what we do, we are committed providing the necessary training for staff. This post is part funded through the Big Lottery Fund.


For more information and to apply, visit our website to download and complete the application form. If you would like a hard copy of the application form to complete instead please contact our office on 02077019055 and request it to be sent to you. 


The closing date is Tuesday 25th July 2017 5pm. regrettably, due to the anticipated number of applicants, only those shortlisted for interview will be contacted. Interviews will be held week commencing the 31st July 2017.  


Application Form  

EC Job description


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- Agency/School referral

- Family self-referral


Southside Young Leaders' Academy


54 Camberwell Road
Camberwell SE5 0EW
020 7701 9055

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