Engage in Education
The Engage in Education programme offers schools and academies a specialist service designed to increase the attendance and attainment of pupils most at risk of fixed-term or permanent exclusion.
How we work
Our wrap-around, multi-disciplinary approach means that learners have access to one-to-one support, small groups and family work that addresses communication difficulties and the social and emotional aspects of learning. We identify the difficulties young people are facing and devise supportive strategies that enable learners to re-engage with their education and improve their academic performance.
Engage in Education also delivers workforce development for school staff so that successful strategies for re-engaging learners can be replicated back in the classroom, and so that strategies for identifying and supporting young people with hidden communication difficulties - a risk factor for exclusion - are in place.
We work with schools to agree key performance indicators to ensure positive outcomes for the learner and for the school - and we also meet the requirements of the Ofsted inspection framework.
Engage in Education is tailored specifically to the needs of your learners, and can run for up to a year.
Our impact on attendance and attainment
The programme was developed with two-year funding from the Department for Education alongside partners I CAN (the children’s communication charity), Dyslexia Action and Rathbone, and has been subject to an independent evaluation that found:
- 62% of learners had increased their attendance, or it had stayed the same
- 84% of learners had increased their attainment, or it had stayed the same
- fixed-term exclusions had decreased by 21% as a result of the programme
- 86% of programme and school staff identified improvements in learners’ confidence to either a large or to some extent
- 66% of learners reported that the one-to-one sessions with ‘key-workers’ was very useful
- On average 80% of learners who were interviewed after completing the programme reported that they had improved their confidence, behaviour, communication skills, and attitudes towards teachers, attendance and school work.
- 95% of parents reported that their child’s attendance at school had improved either a lot or quite a bit
- 74% of parents reported that their child’s behaviour at school had improved either a lot or quite a bit.
London Education and Inclusion project
We recently received funding from the Education Endowment Foundation to work with the University of Cambridge to further evaluate the Engage in Education model using a randomised control trial. Find out more about the London Education and Inclusion project.
Schools interested in Engage in Education can get in touch via the Education enquiries form.