Approximately 20,000 students are educated in more than 350 Pupil Referral Units (also known as PRUs) in the UK. With just under two per cent of students in PRUs achieving five good GCSEs, the challenges facing many young people outside of mainstream education are immense.

Through our programmes we work with Pupil Referral Units in London and the North West of England, supporting students determined to get back on track with their education. One of these students is Aisha* (16), quoted below, who attended a PRU in Tower Hamlets.

I used to go to high school in North London and my attendance was really low. I was suffering with depression. It was a stage of my life when I didn’t want to be anywhere apart from my bedroom. There were days when I would bunk off school and go to a coffee shop when I was meant to be in class. Things changed after Teens and Toddlers.

I did the programme and I spent time mentoring a toddler in a nursery. I really enjoyed it and I liked fact that we worked in small groups. My attendance improved a lot which is great. I really want to complete my GCSEs. Having one-to-one support with my studies will be helpful.

Aisha* (16), Teens and Toddlers graduate

*A pseudonym has been used to protect Aisha’s real identity.