Education My Life Matters


Name Education My Life Matters
Website http://www.emlm.org.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 20 March 2018
Address The New Generation Centre, 111 Wells Park Road, Lewisham, Sydenham, SE26 6AD
Phone Number 02086989663
Type Independent
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 5 (100% boys)
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

Education My Life Matters is an independent school that provides alternative provision. Its objective is to ‘reconnect, re-engage and empower the learner who could possibly be at risk of becoming the subject of permanent exclusion’. The school is registered for up to 20 pupils; there are currently 10 on roll. Most are referred from local authority secondary schools in the London Borough of Lewisham. Education My Life Matter was registered by the Department for Education in December 2016 and this is its first standard inspection. The school is overseen by an independent board of trustees.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement Leaders do not make regular checks on teaching quality or pupils’ learning. As a result, they do not have a clear understanding of areas that need improvement. Teaching does not stretch or motivate all pupils sufficiently. This limits pupils’ achievements, especially in English and mathematics. Assessment is not used consistently to check pupils’ progress or to give them advice about how to improve their work. The impact of the school’s work to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is not yet strong enough. Arrangements for governance require improvement. Leaders are not being held to account thoroughly enough for the school’s performance. The school gives insufficient emphasis to raising pupils’ achievement. This is because of staff’s concentration on the need to react to pupils’ challenging behaviour. The curriculum does not meet pupils’ needs and interests fully. The work pupils are given does not consistently serve to prepare them well for the next stage of their education. The school has the following strengths Staff at Education My Life Matters (EMLM) work unstintingly to enable pupils to stay in education. Some aspects of teaching motivate pupils well, enabling pupils to engage in their work and make progress. The school makes a significant difference by improving pupils’ behaviour, which is often very challenging when they join the school. The work the school does has a positive impact on pupils’ attendance. This has helped the local authority reduce the number of pupils who are excluded from school or persistently absent. Safeguarding is effective and leaders work closely with the local authority to ensure that concerns are followed up quickly. Leaders and trustees have ensured that the great majority of the independent school standards are met. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school must take action to meet the requirements of the schedule to The Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (‘the independent school standards’) and associated requirements. The details are listed in the full report.