Northampton school using innovative programme to help reduce number of exclusions

Weston Favell Academy, Booth Lane South, Northampton.
Weston Favell Academy, Booth Lane South, Northampton.

Police officers are helping to reduce the number of exclusions at a secondary school in Northampton through a new intervention programme.

As part of programme called 50:50, Police Sergeant Daryl Lyons and Police Constables Julia Niblett and Anne Geddes have been working with 15 students at Weston Favell Academy.

The officers and the school have been holding students with behavioural difficulties to account while giving them a fresh opportunity to engage in mainstream education.

The objectives of the programme is to halt damaging patterns of behaviour, support young people to make positive life choices and give students an outlet for self-expression and self-improvement.

A academy is also involved in another project called ‘Behind the Mask’ ran by Community Worker Nigel Booth from Long Buckby. This programme is designed to turn around children with negative self-regard which impacts on their home life/school life.

Both programme have helped to reduce the number of internal isolations and exclusions at the academy in the past few months.

Rachel Steele, principal at Weston Favell Academy, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Police and other agencies on the 50:50 programme.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for us to share information and expertise and work together to raise the aspirations and improve the life chances of young people in our community.”