James' story - Greenfields school

James is a pupil in Year 9 who has always had an interest in physical activities of all kinds. However, during the last few years James has been frequently excluded from school, seen leaving the school site on numerous occasions or decided not to attend at all. James found it difficult to concentrate on the formal curriculum for any period of time and he easily lost interest. This led to some disruptive behaviour which was unacceptable to staff and students which resulted in him being excluded from school.

A review of the curriculum for a group of vulnerable students and opportunities for students to express their own ideas on learning that would have meaning for them has led to the ACTIVE Programme. James is very keen to work with community experts who have skills in outdo or pursuits but he now understands that additional formal qualifications in core curriculum subjects are important to him if he is to progress further with his desire to become a qualified trainer. The ACTIVE programme has helped to build James' self esteem and confidence in his own abilities and he now has full attendance in school, no exclusions and has gained 4 accreditations in Outdoor Activities including his ‘green card’ enabling him to climb independently. James now supports vulnerable students in Year 7 who start to exhibit inappropriate behaviour.

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Darni's story

Darni suffers from both Hemiplegia (total paralysis of the arm, leg, and trunk on the same side of the body)and OCD. SHS helped Darni to gain self-belief and confidence and worked closely with his family to ensure that he settled in to his new school. Find out how here...

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Fahran's story

Find out how SHS supported Fahran at school and at home, restoring his confidence and enjoyment of school and also helping his family get through an extremely challenging time.

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Fairtrade producers visit St Lawrence’s Primary School, Byker

Students learning about Fairtrade at St Lawrence’s Roman Catholic Primary School in Byker, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, spent a morning in March finding out what life is like for farmers and their families in the developing world, thanks to two special visitors.

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James' story - Greenfield School and Community Arts College

James was at risk of dropping out of school altogether until Greenfield School in County Durham introduced the ACTIVE programme, designed to help young people by personalising their learning.

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James' story - Greenfields school

The Communities for Learning ACTIVE programme has helped to build James selfesteem and confidence in his own abilities and he now has full attendance in school, no exclusions and has gained 4 accreditations in Outdoor Activities

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Jim's story - Armathwaite school

This school is having very positive effects on students through their approach to engaging the community for learning.

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Lee's story - St Wilfrid's Catholic High School

From changing suppliers - increasing the proportion of locally sourced and organic food in school meals - to creating a school garden and allotment plots, the Food for Life's School Nutrition Action Group at St Wilfrid's has helped bring change and improvement in a very productive way.

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Louise's story - Wade Deacon school

This school's New World project helps pupils such as Louise apply skills such as creative thinking, effective team work and independent enquiry to solve problems. This has succeeded in breaking down Louise’s barriers to learning.

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Robert Owen Day at Sir Thomas Boughey Co-operative Business and Enterprise College

Students learned about the ideas of Robert Owen, the father of social enterprise, at an event held at Sir Thomas Boughey High School near Stoke-on-Trent.

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Stacey's Story

After going into foster care and deciding she ‘couldn’t be bothered’ with school, Stacey found that the ASDAN Certificate of Personal Effectiveness helped her to reach her potential. Here, the Salisbury High School student tells her story.

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Tom's Story - Ralph Allen school

Tom was an able student who found himself in trouble in school due to his inability to control his anger, which in turn started to affect his concentration and learning progress. Tom attended a Communities for Learning workshop and is now managing to control his anger and engage with his learning.

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