XZone is a programme for young black boys who have been or are running the risk of being excluded from school and those who are reintegrated into society from youth custodial institutions.
The Department for Education (DfE) published a report in 2018 outlining the number of school exclusions. The main figures show:
- Black Caribbean pupils were permanently excluded at nearly three times the rate of White British pupils.
- Across the broad ethnic groups, Black and Mixed ethnicity pupils had the highest rates of both temporary and permanent exclusions.
The XZone programme aims to work in partnership with specialist organisations providing educational support and life skills.
There will be multiple sessions applicable for the age group of the attendees and will take the form of:
- Informal seminars
- Group games
- Study sessions
- Drop in sessions
- 1:1 and group mentoring sessions
The subject areas which will be covered during the sessions are:
- Personal development – teaching coping strategies, confidence boosting, anger management, sexual health
- Skills development – filling existing skill gaps or learning new and practical skills leading to further training and employment. Subjects covered being literacy/numeracy/ money management for teens
- Employment preparation activities – work placements and work experience opportunities, workforce behaviours, CV and interview skills
There will also be support for excluded students who require assistance in locating home tutors or communicating with pupil referral units.