Olive Academies has been awarded a grant of £89,863 from the Department for Education’s Multi Academy Trust Development and Improvement Fund. The grant will allow Olive Academies to set up an outreach programme to support Suffolk primary school children aged 7 to 11 who are finding it hard to thrive in their mainstream school and who could be at risk of exclusion.
The Department for Education’s Multi-academy trust Development and Improvement Fund aims to provide additional funding to trusts in order to improve schools and increase social mobility.
Olive Academies’ outreach workers will support children in their own school to improve classroom behaviour, learning and wellbeing. The project will offer the best possible holistic support to children, families and teachers and aims to close the attainment gap for some of Suffolk’s more disadvantaged children.
The project will initially work with children in Bury St Edmunds’ primary schools before reaching out to Forest Heath, mid Suffolk, Ipswich and beyond.
Chief Executive of Olive Academies, Mark Vickers said:
“We are delighted to have been awarded this important grant from the Department for Education. It is great news for the children of Suffolk. Our aim is to support schools to reduce the number of young children being excluded and help give some of the most vulnerable children in the region the best start in life. Olive Academies looks forward to working in collaboration with Suffolk County Council and primary schools across Suffolk, providing this much needed outreach programme.”
The Olive Academies outreach team will be based at the alternative provision academy, Olive AP Academy – Suffolk (Central) building in Bury St Edmunds. Suffolk primary school leaders who would like to find out more about the project and how their school can get involved are invited to email firstname.lastname@example.org