The Independent is reporting that teenagers at risk of dropping out of school have had their GCSE results boosted by being paired with a three to five-year-old so as to develop their self-confidence and sense of responsibility.
The innovative “Teens and Toddlers” project has helped more than 400 pupils this year considered to be danger of leaving school without any qualifications – by seconding them to nurseries to work with children.
One of them is 16-year-old Emily Mott, who was celebrating gaining at least a C grade in nine GCSE’s from her school, Royton and Crompton High School in Oldham, Lancashire.
Emily, one of 423 young people on the programme, said the results were “better than expected” and is now planning to go to college to study child-care.
During the project, she was seconded to a nursery for 18 weeks where she worked with a toddler who was learning English a second language.
“She was paired with a toddler who was learning English as a second language,” said Sam Marcus, a member of the Teens and Toddlers team. “She was working a lot to develop communication skills and through that she developed her own confidence…”
Intriguing project – what are your thoughts on the idea and the apparently positive results being achieved for participants like Emily?
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