By Sammie Jones-
The Uk government has launched an inspiring project to help young people reintegrate into mainstream or special schools . The government is set to inject £362,000 into the ambitious scheme it as part of a £4 million government Innovation Fund investment.The scheme is set to enhance the ability of pupils who attend alternative education in the Uk.
Alternative schooling is designed to accommodate educational, behavioral, and/or medical needs of children and adolescents that cannot be adequately addressed in a traditional school environment to help improve outcomes for young people with additional needs in Bradford.
The project led by the Bradford Central Pupil Referral Unit which will provide key worker support for children to help them succeed.It is being run in partnership with teaching school alliances, local secondary schools and local authorities
Recently, Councillor David Ward (Lib Dem, Bolton and Undercliffe) called for a comprehensive review of the district provides education for children who have been excluded from school. The review was designed to bolster a national report – ‘Making The Difference’: Breaking the link between school exclusion and social exclusion – which he said painted a bleak picture and he wanted to see how the situation compares in Bradford.
Today’s funding announcement by School Standards Minister Nick Gibb states the funding for Bradford will help develop news way of improving alternative provision for children educated outside mainstream or special schools to have the chance to succeed later in life.
Evidence shows children educated in alternative provision are less likely to achieve good GCSE grades and are less likely to be in education, employment or training post-16. The projects announced today aim to tackle these injustices by supporting children back into mainstream education when it is suitable, encouraging parents and carers to be more involved in their child’s education, helping young people make good academic progress, and moving on to further education or employment.
The projects are set to improve outcomes through literacy and maths tutoring, summer holiday activities to support transition to further education, and the introduction of robots to enable children in hospital to participate virtually in lessons. Other schemes include parent and carer coaching to improve involvement in education and mental health support, helping young people to build positive relationships
School Standards Minister Nick Gibb said:
Every child, no matter the challenges they face in their life, should have the opportunity to fulfil their potential through an excellent education. School standards in this country are rising, but for some children – those who are excluded or cannot attend mainstream or special schools – this quality varies greatly, with low expectations about their outcomes and futures.
There are some excellent examples of alternative provision in the education system, but we need to raise standards across the board if we want to give every young person the opportunity to succeed. These new projects, backed by £4 million, will develop new ways of doing this which can be shared around the country, so that we can improve education for every child and make sure they receive support to meet their individual needs.