Case Study Description
The Rise Up programme which ran from 2011 to 2015 has been a hugely successful partnership between One EBP, BNP Paribas, BBC Worldwide, National Portrait Gallery, PhotoView UK and local schools, aimed at reducing the number of young people disengaging from education or becoming NEET (not in employment, education or training).
Each year students aged 13-19 from Hammersmith and Fulham and Westminster came out of school for eight months to work with the PhotoView team and business coaches to build self-awareness, develop problem-solving skills and gain experience working in teams. They also gathered real world experience in marketing and media by creating an advertising campaign which developed their photography, film making and writing skills.
98% of students said they had developed a healthier attitude to school and felt more confident.
The business volunteers supporting the programme were trained by One EBP to work with young people using coaching techniques and skills and spent one afternoon each week for 3 months helping students to create advertising campaigns which were presented in a showcase event for the wider community at the end of each course.
The RiseUp programme received BITC’s Big Tick Education Award in 2013 and was re accredited in 2014 and 2015.
The Rise Up programme represents an innovative and exciting way of working with some of our most difficult young people. Right from day one you can see the difference in those students attending the Rise Up programme. One sees an improvement in their behaviour and a development to their attitude school and education as a whole. We have seen a drastic fall in the number of exclusions over the year and that, in my opinion, is largely down to the Rise Up programme.
Head Teacher, St George’s Catholic School