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27th Jun 2016

Adviza is offering a programme of intensive support to families whose children are struggling at school. The programme, called Energise 2, has previously only been offered to schools in Berkshire, but is now being extended so that parents worried about their child’s progress in years 9, 10 or 11 can opt in.

Energise 2 is funded by Bracknell Forest Homes, Berkshire Community Foundation and The Blagrave Trust. It is a five-month programme of one to one support and group activities designed to improve young people’s attendance, attitude and confidence at school and help them develop a perspective for their futures.

For each student the funders cover £1,000 of total costs. Parents or schools pay just £250.

Building confidence and improving prospects

Maiden Erlegh school says students who have taken part in the programme take on more responsibility and grow in confidence. Students benefit from the relationship they establish with their adviser, because he or she is independent from school. They feel they can be themselves and open up in a way they might not do with staff or family.

Paul Barzey, Learning Mentor at Wexham School said the programme gets excellent feedback from the students who say it helps them prepare for different situations, provides an environment where they can talk openly and where someone listens.

Last year Adviza worked with 551 young people in Berkshire who were all at risk of leaving school without good prospects for work, training or further education. Of these, 512 of them transitioned successfully. 

To qualify, students must have been identified by their school as being at risk of leaving school without work, education or training, or are not achieving their full potential, or suffer low self-esteem, confidence and motivation.

If you're a parent interested in signing up your child for September or a school considering having the programme please get in touch with leeteideman@adviza.org.uk.
 

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