A recent report from the Department for Education has shed light on a concerning issue facing young people today – Vulnerable young people living in poverty are three times more likely to be suspended from school than those who are living in wealthier circumstances.
Analysis shows that since the pandemic those living in poverty were 3.7 times more likely to be sent home than other pupils. The equivalent of more than 3,000 children each day lost learning through suspension from school in 2021/22, Department for Education data reveals.
In response to this, The Breakout Programme we offer aims to make a significant impact by helping vulnerable young individuals turn their lives around and break free from the cycle of crime and exclusion.
The Breakout Programme is a hard-hitting 12-week, anti-knife and gang initiative specifically designed to bring positive change to the lives of young people who are at risk of being drawn into criminal activities and losing their sense of purpose. With a focus on early intervention and personalized support, the programme offers a lifeline to those who need it the most.
What sets The Breakout Programme apart is the tailored approach to meet the individual needs of each participant. This comprehensive programme combines mentoring, classroom sessions and outdoor education to create a well-rounded experience that addresses the unique challenges faced by vulnerable young people.
The programme begins with one-on-one mentoring sessions conducted by experienced A4Y mentors. These sessions establish rapport, set goals, and utilise the evaluation tool known as the Outcomes Star to gauge progress. Throughout the 12-week journey, these invaluable one-on-one sessions continue to track progress and build on the foundations laid during the activity sessions.
The Breakout Programme is not just about providing a temporary solution; it’s about empowering young individuals to make more positive decisions for their future. By focusing on self-reflection and helping participants understand the consequences of their behaviour and choices, the programme equips them with the tools needed to navigate life’s challenges.
Schools that have partnered with The Breakout Programme have seen remarkable results. They attest to the programme’s essential role in supporting young people at risk and helping them re-engage with education. By identifying participants who display early indicators of susceptibility to crime, such as risk of exclusion from school, disruptive behaviour, poor school attendance, and anti-social behaviour, The Breakout Programme offers timely and effective intervention.
The Breakout Programme is committed to making a lasting difference in the lives of vulnerable young people, ensuring they have the opportunity to reach their full potential and break free from the cycle of exclusion and crime.