xl Aims • Re-engage young people into education, increase retention and promote inclusion • Achieve accreditation which rewards students for effort/input rather than academic • achievement. • Encourages individuals to take responsibility for their own learning and • development within the framework of a flexible programme • Raise self-esteem, aspirations and improve achievement.
aged 13 to 19 • educational underachievers • resident in the UK • Educational underachievers are defined as young people who have: • been excluded or suspended from school in the last two years • regularly truanted in the last two years • difficulties in school (i.e. understanding the work, concentration, behaviour, bullying, problems at home, lacking in confidence, learning disability, etc)
Prince’s Trust xl clubs have helped over 60,000 young people since they started in 1998 • There are currently over 900 clubs in over 600 schools and centres across the UK • The xl programme runs in schools and outside the mainstream centres • 89 per cent of young people show personal development • 90 per cent of young people show positive skills development across a range of areas • 88 per cent of young people have gone into further education, work or training upon completion of the programme • 94 per cent of young people would recommend it to others
How Does xl work • 3 hours contact time per week • 12-15 young people per club (1 club per year group) • Student led, but facilitated and supported by an xl club adviser • Develops competencies and skills through a challenging mix of • practical activities that can lead to accreditation
The xl Programme Modules • Personal, Interpersonal & Team skills • Active Citizenship • Entrepreneurship and Enterprise • Preparation for work • Enrichment Projects
What does the Trust provide • xl adviser training, link teacher training • Curriculum materials (manual and portfolios) • E-learning materials for advisers and students • Opportunities to share best practice at regional network meetings • National & regional support structure • A national evaluation framework for the xl programme to ensure quality and consistency • Annual Celebration Day • Annual practitioners Conference • Funding opportunities
Positive outcomes • Improve retention in school • Reduction in fixed term and permanent exclusions • Reduce risk of entering the youth justice system • Increase attainment levels • Improve well being and resilience • Improve attitude to school and learning • Provide positive pathways to post 16 learners at risk of becoming NEET