Northampton Saints Foundation- Engage Inclusion Programme

We are really excited to tell you about a new inclusion initiative launched by the Northampton Saints Foundation.  The scheme is designed to help students who are struggling within education. 

The Engage programme works with students aged between 10-16 to increase confidence and boost self-esteem. The programme has been running since 2015, with experience of working with a number of students SEMH and complex needs. They currently operate from four hubs, two in Northampton, one in Milton Keynes and one in Ipswich, which is funded by Suffolk Community Foundation through the Suffolk Police & Crime Commissioner’s Fund. It is anticipated that the programme will be expanded to several locations throughout Suffolk depending on the uptake.

Engage uses practical-based activities to empower students to see the positives in everyday life. Engage works with the referrer to develop a progression pathway which is specific for each individual student to ensure we are meeting their full needs. The programme operates under a very high staff-to-student ratio, to ensure we are able to provide the best support and build a network of professionals around the young person.  Staff are fully trained and experienced in working with students with social, emotional and mental health, attainment challenges, behavioural problems and recent trauma – whether this be inside or outside of school. 

More information can be found on  NSF Engage poster or for further details contact Ben Renshaw the Ipswich co-ordinator.web: 

Nigel Burgoyne SASH Executive Director 

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neaco/UOS project: University, is it for me? Through the Voices of Black, Asian and Eastern European Young People

I appreciate that the final two weeks of term is not an ideal time to circulate a student survey, but I felt this topic within Suffolk is one that needs to have a strong student and parent perspective. The NEACO project is looking to see what barriers exist to access University for under-represented groups within Suffolk.

Could you please circulate this survey within your schools to enable them to have the right knowledge to remove these barriers?

Kind regards

Craig D’Cunha, Executive Principal


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