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Green light for students' scheme to help disadvantaged families

Published on 15/03/18

Students from The Hewett Academy are set to support disadvantaged Norwich families after winning the award for the best idea in a competition to promote social mobility.

The school’s scheme, put together by Year 9 students Shannon Boon and Molly Cooper, and Will Bach from Year 10, will see parents who don’t speak English receiving language lessons while their children enjoy free classes that will develop their literacy, numeracy, art, and life skills.

Shannon, Molly, and Will came up with the plan as part of the Norwich Opportunity Area Youth Board School Challenge, which aims to harness students’ ideas to tackle the issues stopping all young people from achieving their full potential.

After presenting their ideas to the Youth Board, chaired by Norwich North MP Chloe Smith, the Hewett team were given the green light to put their project into action.

Principal Rebecca Handley-Kirk said: “I am so proud of our students, who have worked hard to design a plan to support disadvantaged families in Norwich.

“Parents are such a strong role model for young people and so by helping and teaching parents, the scheme will help all members of the families involved.

“We are looking forward to working with the Norwich Opportunity Area to put our plans into action.”