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Children in Need supports homework club

Vicki Woolven

23rd November 2022

When we think about Children in Need we often focus on the huge amounts of money raised for such a worthy cause. But do we really think about what that money actually funds and the difference it really makes?

At the weekend I was back in Suffolk visiting family when I came across the story of a homework club based at local high school in Ipswich, which has been funded in part by donations from Children in Need.

BSC Multicultural Services has been running for a decade and offers support with homework as well as online training and sports clubs. Unlike much after-school provision, it is completely free to attend, and has made a huge difference to children in the local community, offering children a calm and safe space to complete homework and revision, supported by teachers. The young people who attend speak very positively about the service with comments such as... "It's a huge community and it's just amazing to do the work with people, instead of just doing it home alone, and you get support from teachers around you."

I had a quick look at their website and it is clear to see just how much support groups like BSC Multicultural Services give to their local community and how they can be a lifeline for the most vulnerable.

This is an interesting example when looking at material factors that affect attainment, but also when looking at poverty and welfare in general.

Vicki Woolven

Vicki Woolven is Subject Lead for Key Stage 4 Humanities at tutor2u. Vicki previously worked as a Head of Geography and Sociology for many years, leading her department to be one of the GA's first Centres of Excellent, and has been a content writer, senior examiner and local authority Key Practitioner for Humanities.

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