Research* shows that

• Britain comes 19th out of 21 rich countries on educational wellbeing. (UNICEF)

• More than one in ten children leave school with no qualifications.

• 44,000 school leavers each year are illiterate.

• 12% fail to achieve 5 GCSEs with basic accreditation in English and Maths.

• Children from disadvantaged backgrounds are five times more likely to fail academically than their peers.

• Social breakdown is connected with educational failure: Crime – 73% of young offenders describe their academic attainment as nil. Unemployment – Two-thirds of employers believe schools do not equip young people with thepractical skills that they need for employment. Health – 32% of young people who have been excluded from school have been involved with substance abuse.

*Centre for Social Justice


We strongly believe that the local church is of vital significance in God’s strategy to advance the Kingdom. As the local church tries to reach its community and beyond, it needs to be equipped. We use resources from other ministries. For example, look how well Alpha has served local mission over the last few years.

As we try to meet the needs of those in the community, we can also be equipped by many ministries who have developed training and materials for us to use. It enables the local church to make a tried and tested response to local problems. It promotes the role of the church in addressing social issues in their communities. It avoids the ‘re invention of the wheel’. Listed in this section are ministries and organisations that can help you.

School Pastors 300
School Pastors and College Pastors is an initiative of Ascension Trust. Through the School and College Pastors initiative Christians from local churches can work together to positively affect schools and colleges. More ...
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Excell3 work in partnership with local community groups to support young people in their community. We support and equip them to set up You CanXL Community Education Centres where young people can attend to improve their education outside of a school envi More ...
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Listening Books work with over 27,000 people across the UK who have an illness, disability or learning difficulty which makes it difficult or impossible for them to read in the usual way. They have a library of over 7000 audiobooks including a wealth of More ...
TLG 200
Educating Young People, Transforming Lives. TLG is a Christian Education Charity that supports Churches to help children and young people who are excluded or at crisis point in their education. With 2,500 teenagers excluded every school day in the UK, you More ...
Streetspace 150
Streetspace is an initiative of Frontier Youth Trust (FYT) in partnership with Church Mission Society and Church Urban Fund. FYT has a strong history of youth work and is widely recognised as one of the leading agencies working with young people on the ed More ...
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At its broadest, is about every Christian who works in and visits schools across the UK, passionate about making a difference in the lives of children and young people. The site has a membership of over 2,500. The project is run by a few More ...
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We started with 60 kids and now have over 600 attending our Saturday Kidz Klub. The 75 minute programme combines all the fast-moving zany antics of Saturday morning kids TV, with a clear uncompromising gospel message. Our prayer is that each week the chil More ...
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