Soft Touch and Leicester City Education Department’s Individual Learning Centre were awarded partnership funding from Youth Music to run two years of music making activities with excluded pupils.
The programme engaged disaffected pupils through music, enabling them to learn and achieve and open up progression routes for the future.
A trainee worked alongside Soft Touch’s music workers to deliver the sessions. This provided an in-depth, supported opportunity for a young man, Troy, who had been excluded from school himself. It allowed him to get valuable work experience and work towards an NVQ qualification.
Troy is clear about why the programme worked: “It takes them away from a school-like environment. It allows them to be more free – they don’t need to put on a front to show off, they are more bothered about communicating and learning. They are young people who are labelled as disruptive but there’s been no messing about on this project – they know what they can and can’t do and they enjoy coming”.