Nottingham-based youth project to be expanded
A project looking at responsibility and behaviour, which was piloted at Djanogly City Academy, is being expanded.
The scheme has run for two terms with students in year nine and has now been developed to include younger children in years seven and eight.
It uses music and football coaching to nurture self-esteem in students.
Pam Weston, vice-principal at Djanogly City Academy Nottingham, said: “It’s been very exciting to watch the project develop this term and the feedback from staff and parents has been encouraging.
“The project encourages students to think about the consequences of their behaviour, while giving them the practical skills and support they need to change it, together with innovative ways to express themselves and grow in self-esteem.
“All these things can help students reach their full potential, both academically here, in school, and as young adults.”
The academy’s students wrote and performed a song called So You Think I’m Stupid and a documentary of the same name has been produced.
Students have also completed the FA’s Soccer Star Challenge – a national coaching programme for boys and girls aged six to 16.
Djanogly worked with Roger Henry, manager of the city’s Real United Football Club, and Holly Searson, director of Nottingham’s Football Coaching Company.
Mr Henry, whose Real United project helps men turn their lives around through football, said: “We use coaching and creative activities, such as music and video production, as a way of encouraging positive behaviour in young people while boosting their self-confidence.
“By developing this approach to include one-to-one and family mentoring sessions we’ve been able to support students even more by really getting to the heart of their individual issues and concerns.
“We believe this approach will help to lower the risk of young people becoming involved in anti-social behaviour, crime, drugs or gang culture.”
The project is being supported by Radford-based charity the Partnership Council, Nottingham’s Crime and Drugs Partnership, Kemet FM, Confetti, Talk to Frank, DrugAware and Kick It Out.