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Trust and relationships: Making alternative provision work

Building strong relationships and empowering students are two core principles at the heart of Wize Up, an alternative provision operating in south London. Dorothy Lepkowska finds out more

“Some of our young people have been through stages in their lives where doors have been closed to them and relationships have failed.”

No-one knows better than Lorretta Boyd what life can be like for some of the pupils at Wize Up.

As a girl growing up in the 1960s, her school life was affected by undiagnosed dyslexia and her family life disrupted by an alcoholic father.

Her challenging childhood was one of the reasons Ms Boyd decided to open Wize Up. She wanted to create a sanctuary and a beacon of hope, to advocate for young people for whom life’s challenges make attending mainstream school all but impossible.

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