Education is one of the best ways for children and young people to overcome early disadvantage and grow up with strong aspirations and prospects for future employment and citizenship.
Some children do not achieve all they are capable of in school, for a wide range of reasons. For example, they may:
- be struggling to cope with difficult circumstances at home
- be bullied cruelly by their classmates
- have learning difficulties which make it hard to keep up with their studies without some individual support.
There are also many young people who would prefer to learn in a more hands-on way or would be more motivated by vocational courses, directly relevant to their interests and ambitions, than by traditional academic subjects.
As a charity which provides education, training, advice and support to thousands of young people every year, Barnardo’s understands the needs of the many young people who do not flourish in mainstream education.
More than two-thirds of Barnardo’s services involve education. They include:
- children’s centres and other early years services, such as parenting classes
- alternative provision for young people excluded from school or at risk of exclusion
- vocational training and work-based learning for 14-19 year olds
- three special schools for young people with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties