The Summer School came about because we realised last year that there was too long a gap between saying goodbye to our Year 11s in June/July and them starting on their college/training courses in September. In some cases the hard work we put in to getting them sorted out, equipped with CVs, interview skills and training placements was going to waste for lack of support during the crucial sumemr months. No young person left us NEET in July but by October that is what a number of them had become.
Year 11 Barbecue
Towards the end of July we had a barbecue to which all our school leavers were invited. There were 20 of them in 2012!
We discussed the plans for a summer school. To be honest most were too interested in enjoying themselves and partying with their peers to be able to think too much about later in the summer.
• On 27 July the team met to do the final planning. 19 letters were sent out to our young people and to their parents telling them again about our summer school and our availability at any time to discuss issues with them. Several parents got in touch to tell us about their concerns and to ask for help.
Back to work in August
• The summer school began on Monday 20 August. 5 young people turned up. Their plans were discussed with them and meeting points agreed for enrolment visits the next day. A further 8 YP were contacted by phone and arrangements made with 5 of them to support them in college interviews. Messages were left for others – three were away and two were in work.
• On Tuesday 21st 4 YP were accompanied to City College for interviews, enrollment and induction sessions. Appointments were made for three others with MINT and Adult Education.
• On Wednesday 22nd we did travel training. Each YP person was met from home and taken on the route he or she would have to take to college.
• Further telephone calls and visits were made to try to track down the few YP we couldn’t trace.
• On Thursday 23rd we accompanied two YP for interviews at MINT. One of them decided to take up the offer of help in getting a job and was signed up. Several YP who had taken some GCSEs were taken in to their schools to collect their results.
• On Friday 24th we had a day out to Beccles Lido
• On Tuesday 28th we began work on updating CVs and finding jobs to apply for. A number did on-line applications. Home visits were made for YP we had not yet seen
• On Wednesday 29th two YP were accompanied to Wensum Lodge for interviews with adult education. We had a visitor from the Prince’s Trust who talked about grants for essential equipment and helped a number of YP do applications. YP continued to do applications for part-time jobs. One YP who had decided he was not interested in college was helped to do apprenticeship applications. The parent of a YP we had not yet seen contacted us to say her daughter had not got into college and could we help. - We made an appointment for the YP to come in the following week to discuss plans.
• On Thursday 30th we had a day out in a boat on the Broads.
• By the end of the summer school contact had been made with 19 out of 20 YP. An unexpected outcome was the positive feedback we got from many parents some of whom were worried sick about their children and lacked the skills or the relationship with them to be able to help.
These young people are still at risk of dropping out over the next few months without continuing support. We intend to check on them at regular intervals to make sure they are still on track, liaising with parents/carers and training providers as necessary. This work is not funded - any offers of help would be gratefully received.
Similarly we have no funding to repeat the summer school next year......
Summer School 2012
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