Children’s Commissioner’s 2019 childhood vulnerability report, England data.
Target: 20% improvement in school attendance
If an extra-curricular programme is well designed, this is proven to be a real driver for a child to want to attend school.
Target: 20% reduction in emotional or mental health issues
The more children achieve success through activities they are passionate about, the more their self confidence improves and the more friendships they make.
Target: 20% improvement in grades
Studies consistently show that students who participate in extra-curricular activities achieve higher grades, more positive attitudes towards school and higher academic and career aspirations.
Supported by :i) Government’s Social Mobility Commission, report, July 2019: “An Unequal Playing Field” – check out report in Mabel’s Hub.ii) the educator.com: “the role of extra-curricular activities in a student’s development”, April 2017.
Mabel’s Fund is starting out in Washwood Heath, a ward in Birmingham where 57% of children live in poverty. The highest rate in Birmingham. Our first partner is Washwood Heath Academy, a large school with over 1500 pupils.
COVID-19 has hindered our plans to run our first pilot extra-curricular activities in September 2020. We are now targeting June 2021. These activities will be funded from all profits made by Mabel’s Business.
Washwood Heath Academy achieved a “good” rating at the latest Ofsted inspection. 58.3% of pupils are entitled to Free School Meals (national average – 23%) and 59% of pupils count English as an additional language (national average – 21.2%).
We are really excited to work with the Academy to inspire pupils and to build excitement, pride, confidence and fun.