12.3% of 16-18 year olds with learning difficulties and/or disabilities (LDD) are not in education, employment or training. This disengagement starts early, and is usually due to a lack of confidence, and not knowing how to approach the task at hand. With 17% of pupils in B&NES responding that they enjoy ‘hardly any’ of their lessons at school, some students simply need extra support from someone outside of the school system who understands their needs.
Bath Rugby Foundation, in partnership with BaNES Sport & Active Lifestyles, created its Breakthrough programme to work with students who need this extra helping hand. Designed for our local community special schools, it is a mentoring scheme that offers weekly, one on one support from our specially trained mentors. Giving students time and attention helps them to build positive relationships with both adults and peers – they may never have experienced this before. And not only will students develop their social skills, they’ll also get to try a host of sports and activities and find their new favourite sport or activity.
If you think this programme could change the lives of students in your school, get in touch with our Inclusion Manager Caryl (firstname.lastname@example.org).