WE MUST SAFEGUARD OUR MOST VULNERABLE CHILDREN FROM SCHOOL EXCLUSIONS, PUPIL REFERRAL UNITS, GANGS, AND IT STARTS WITH A COMMUNITY IN EDUCATION!
Awaken Genius - an alternative Community-Creative Arts Curriculum that will reduce need for school exclusion and Pupil Referral Units - supporting vulnerable children in their return back to school after COVID -19
In 2019/20 at total of 15,400 pupils were registered in Pupil Referral Units in the UK: at a cost of around £270 Million and yet, despite being able to provide such enhanced levels of support, outcomes for pupils in AP are incredibly poor: In 2015-16, only 18% of children who were subjected to multiple fixed term exclusions, and just 7% of children who were permanently excluded, went on to achieve passes in English and Maths GCSEs. Furthermore, according to the Ministry of Justice, 42% had been permanently excluded from school and prisoners with such a past were more likely to re-offend than not; confirming the existence of the ‘school-to-prison pipeline’ that is a significant risk to vulnerable pupils.
Research suggests that Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), for example, child exposure to domestic abuse, violence, and abuse are impacted more in deprived areas. Also, repeated or continuous exposure to adverse experiences has been shown to disrupt children's neurobiological functioning by overstimulating their 'freeze, flight and fight' responses. If stressful events are not reduced by the caregiver’s affection, this can result in aggression and disruption in school. This is one of the major causes of school exclusions and mental wellbeing in these children.
- The largest proportion of victims of Serous Youth Violence in Haringey are Black African or Black Caribbean.
- They make up 25% of Haringey’s 10-19 population but 36% of victims.
- Young Black men are significantly overrepresented in the youth justice cohort.
- Black men living in North Tottenham and Wood Green are most likely to be involved in the drug trade and arrested for drug-related offences.
- Young Black men are more likely to attain few or no qualifications than their peers.
- Young Black boys are disproportionately excluded from school, whether permanently or for a fixed term.
- The 2016/17 rate of fixed period exclusions in Haringey secondary schools was 19% among Black Caribbean pupils and 8% among Black African pupils, compared to 5% for White British pupils.
Let's safeguard our vulnerable children. Please donate now!
We will be delivering our Community-Creative Arts early intervention programme for an academic year in a school based in a deprived area in Haringey, North Tottenham. However, in order to achieve this, we need to raise 20k. Your donations will help us achieve our target!
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