Southwark Community Education Council (SCEC) is a well-established educational charity providing enrichment classes on Saturday mornings to local pupils from maintained sector primary schools in the Borough of Southwark. The charity is linked through governance to the three independent schools of the Dulwich Foundation (Dulwich College, Alleyn's School and James Allen's Girls' School) and those three schools provide it with facilities. The College also assists in administering the three schemes each year.
The College’s scheme provides a ‘taster’ of secondary school life to 85 Year 6 pupils by providing enrichment classes in five different subjects (innovative puzzles and problem solving, drama, story telling, laboratory science, and technology), with the aim of boosting children's confidence before secondary transfer. The project thus aims to build on the work done by local primary schools by providing enrichment or extension classes for children in small groups. It also allows pupils to experience some new ways of learning, for example by conducting their own scientific experiments in the College’s well-equipped science laboratories.
20 older students from Years 12-13 at Dulwich College act as mentors on the scheme, supporting individual pupils in the classroom, carrying out administrative tasks and supervision, and, importantly, acting as role models for the younger children. The sessions take place every year in the autumn and spring terms and provide around 36 hours of free, small-group tuition over 20 weeks.