CHIPS in schools: 50% reduction in pupils at risk of exclusion
A year ago, Evelyn Grace School invited us to work with eight teenagers who were at risk of exclusion.
Through fun, creative, young person-led small group sessions we shaped a safe and positive space together where challenging issues and the reality of life could be shared.
Through dynamic activities, conversation and the healing power of good relationships, we worked to improve communication, critical thinking, emotional articulation and relationship building skills.
The mother of one boy saw such an improvement in his attitudes and behaviour that she rang the school to ask what had been going on! For many of the students attendance and behaviour improved significantly and attitude to teachers and fellow pupils has become much more positive.
Head teacher Tim Dainty says, “The programme was of massive benefit to our students. In particular two year ten boys really seemed to step up and by the end of this Year 11 they will not only have made it but I think they will become successful. I can’t give a higher testimony than that.
Four of the teenagers are no longer at risk of exclusion. Two more are now less at risk. Two were excluded, but the school acknowledges that those incidents were outside of our control.
The headmaster is so impressed with the changes he’s seen that he has taken it as an example to other schools across the borough of how to engage with students they are most concerned about.
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