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Qualifications for young people not in mainstream education

Artsdepot is a North London creative venue that welcomes children and young people to perform and take part in creative learning every year. Targeted projects benefit youth homelessness, young people excluded from school, and young people with disabilities.

The group received funding to work with Being Frank Physical Theatre and a Pupil Referral Unit, to help 10 boys excluded from mainstream education to attain their first accredited qualification (a Bronze Arts Award, equivalent to a Grade D-E GCSE).

The boys at the unit had been removed from mainstream school because of disruptive behaviour and are typically behind their peers in terms of educational development. As such, this training and accreditation would be their first qualification. The group’s main aim was to impart upon the boys that they can succeed if they concentrate and manage their energy towards positive outcomes.

The project allowed the boys to find a creative outlet and consider dance which for many wouldn't have felt like an option before, with teachers and parents being surprised by what the boys achieved. Working with the theatre company also introduced the boys to new, strong, inspiring and professional male role models.

“At first to be honest I didn’t really think that we would all get through this but we fought through and showed all of our work skills to pull off a fantastic performance. Thank you to the team at artsdepot for helping me with my confidence and helping think what I want to be when I am older.” - Project Participant

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