Raising attainment Includem project04/09/19
A pioneering Dundee school project supporting pupils who are at risk of exclusion or who may be on the edge of going into care is set to continue, following an evaluation which shows it made a “positive difference” to the lives of the young people involved.
The children and families service committee on September 9 will hear how funding for the Raising Attainment Includem Project is changing, with the city council now providing money in place of the Robertson Trust. The project will continue to be funded by the Scottish Attainment Challenge by around £250,000 a year.
Continuation of the project beyond funding from the trust has been be informed by independent evaluation.
That information is contained in a report to the committee, which shows how more thann 120 young people with “complex needs” were assisted over a two year period.
Workers from the Includem charity offered intensive support for pupils from S1-3, over a range of issues including behaviour, wellbeing and family.
Young people who had been supported by the initiatiive reported improved self-esteeem and confidence, as well as better family relationships.
Depute children and families convener Councillor Roisin Smith said: “The evaluation on this project shows how this approach is helping young people who are facing difficulties and trauma in their lives.
“It is very encouraging to see how this intensive and targeted support can help pupils to stay in school and to go on to have a better life.
“Contact with Includem workers can help them to deal with challenging issues and to help them cope in difficult times.
“This continues after school and during the holidays, and encourages them to stay in contact.”
Councillor Smith added: “This is not easy work and these young people are in difficult circumstances.
“I am glad to see how we are making every effort to help them get on.
“All of our pupils deserve the chance to make the most of their time at school, no matter what challenges they face.”
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