Supporting vulnerable students

A proportion of KIT funding is set aside to provide extra support to vulnerable students with behavioural needs.  This includes students who have experienced domestic violence, have been affected by gang issues and street activity, are in care, and who have been directly affected by Grenfell. Many of these students are at risk of permanent exclusion from school.  Our current programmes include:

Jamie’s Farm Residentials

At Jamie’s Farm, ‘farming, family and therapy’ are uniquely combined in a 5-day residential at one of their farms in the countryside, with 12 students attending each residential. This is the second year that our students have attended Jamie’s Farm, and teachers, students and their families have almost unanimously reported that they have had a transformative impact on even the most hard-to-reach students.   After the residentials the Jamie’s Farm team carry out follow up visits, and our own teachers hold a monthly group for Jamie’s Farm ‘graduates’. Watch a film about our students’ experience at Jamie’s Farm here.

Mentoring for at-risk students

KIT also supports School Within School  (SWS), an innovative on-site facility at the school that provides specialist support to students at risk of permanent exclusion from mainstream education. Students are taken out of the curriculum temporarily to join this 6-week programme, where they receive focused mentoring sessions alongside their schoolwork. They are helped to build confidence, self-awareness and coping strategies to cope better in the classroom and beyond.

We are currently supporting the costs of:

  • personal development workshops for 48 SWS students delivered by local community partner Clement James. To date, the programme has been very effective in helping build positive behaviour as well as linking students to CJ who offer a range of activities for local young people.
  • ‘Listen Hear’, a music-based mentoring programme aimed at students who are highly vulnerable, disengaged and involved in street activity/gang membership. The workshop leader uses music as a way of opening up discussion around personal issues.
  • a sports-based mentoring programme for a small group of students at risk of gang involvement, run by two of our teachers, both of whom are local to the area and have already been working with this group and achieved some positive results.

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