“…a place of possibility for everyone”
When Jenny (not real name) first arrived in Easton in the autumn of last year, she had no English and we knew very little about her. We suspected Jenny was not at school or registered with any statutory organisation in the area. One of our young playworkers who has a great relationship with Jenny was able to help us build a picture of home life and sibling relations. In spring we contacted the Education Welfare Officer and started the process of getting Jenny allocated to a local school. Through continuous support we have watched Jenny grow, her English is now in fluent sentences and we have noted emotional growth and a marked increase in her confidence. In September she arrived at the playground in uniform after school and was chatting with us and classmates about what they thought of their teacher. With Jenny in the school system she is now ‘visible’, she is learning to write in English, and she is developing peer relationships that she did not have access to while she was at home. To many parents and professionals Jenny’s progression might sound unremarkable, but for this young person and others like her, these are significant milestones.
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