ESDEG is currently running a Family school partnership project to reduce exclusions and truancy among refugee children and improve their educational attainment. The project also aims to establish improved parent- school partnerships to effectively address the needs of the children.
As part of this project ESDEG is currently working to:
Improve the behaviour, self-esteem, wellbeing, attendance at school and engagement with learning of at risk’ children.
Improve their educational attainment by at least one level over a one-year period (as defined by the mainstream school).
Increase the confidence of parents to get involved with their children’s education. Improve their understanding of the UK education system and improved communication with staff at their children’s school.
Improve relationships between Somali refugee families and primary school staff. School staff would increase their awareness of children’s and families’ needs and be better able to prevent problems developing at an early stage.
By working more closely in partnership, ESDEG would have improved access to information about children’s ongoing progress in primary schools and would be able to tailor their tuition more effectively.
We are currently working with Viking Primary School, Durdans Park and Featherstone primary schools and run a mentoring programme in these schools to achieve these aims. We also offer free supplementary schooling to children referred to us by the schools.