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Meet Charlie, Linus and Lucy: Building relationships and re-engaging vulnerable young people

The Youth Education Project in Leicester works with students who are NEET and at risk of falling through the gaps. Drawing on three case studies, Joanne Eaton asks some of the YEP teachers for their secrets to engagement and building relationships

The Youth Education Project (YEP) is a not-for-profit social enterprise and alternative provision based in Leicester.

No, we are not mainstream. We work with 16 to 19-year-olds who are not in education, employment or training. You may think this affords us certain licence when trying to engage with these young people.

However, talking to teachers at YEP has made me realise there is no magic solution, no silver bullet. We are not always successful, but there are everyday things that we remember and are embedded in our culture. And these are things all educational settings might learn from, including colleagues working in mainstream secondary provision.

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