We are delighted to receive an award of £45,000 over three years from The Robertson Trust to support the work of our specialist Tutor Service. The grant enables the service to deliver regular, tailored one-to-one, needs led literacy and mathematics tuition and educational and study support for 40 young people each year. We will also run a demand led educational support programme including: college preparation groups; work placement preparation groups; maths support group and animal care study support groups. A programme of skills for life groups is planned including: money management; money handling; independent living skills and a range of cultural and learning opportunities such as theatre performances, science festival visits etc.
The beneficiary group is young people aged 14 to 21 years, all of whom have diverse and complex needs as a consequence of circumstances and/or personal difficulties. We hope, specifically, to be able to work with young people who are involved in the youth justice system; have a history of being looked after by the local authority; have missed schooling due to refusal and exclusion, illness, family trauma, bereavement, homelessness, caring responsibilities for family members or were bullied at school. Our tutors will work with young people who have personal barriers to overcome, such as: mental health problems; addiction issues; social isolation and mild learning difficulties including higher functioning autism. Historically, the young people accessing the Tutor service have not achieved their potential whilst at school and have missed out on the benefits of the educational process. They leave formal education with poor basic skills and feel disconnected from mainstream further education and training pathways. The Tutors will deliver an educational experience which will help to improve aspirations by building on strengths and addressing weaknesses and ultimately create individual pathways towards attainment in further education, employment or training. Staff and trustees are grateful for the generous investment in the futures of young people by The Robertson Trust and look froward to a fruitful partnership over the next three years.
For more information about the service and how to make a referral, please contact Emma Scarcliffe, our Practice Manager on 0131 665 1621.