This new report from the National Youth Agency in England is the result of a call for evidence and a survey of schools and youth work organisations, as well as interviews with young people.
The Better together: Youth work with schools report by England’s National Youth Agency is the result of a call for evidence and a survey of schools and youth work organisations, as well as interviews with young people.
The report draws upon case studies and interviews collated from over 200 organisations, illustrating where youth work is taking place with schools and alternative provision, the different models of delivery and the impact on pupils.
The report highlights how the holistic approach taken by youth workers, alongside teachers and pastoral staff can support young people to develop a positive relationship with their school and help address barriers to attendance.
It also shows that an overwhelming majority of submissions (95%) agreed that youth work in and out of schools has a positive impact on young people’s health and wellbeing, directly affecting their attendance, behaviour, and attainment.
It shows how youth workers, working in and out of schools, can help to identify the contextual factors which school staff may be unaware of and help young people to navigate and overcome some of the challenges they may be experiencing that may be preventing them from engaging with school.