Sean, from Birmingham, speaks to MP’s at the House of Commons
“I am appealing on behalf of all black boys in this country, who against all odds have achieved and are successful, but haven’t been heard. For too long we’ve been written off by the education system and society’s expectations of us are low. However, no black boy wants to be an underachiever, so please give us a chance. So, if you’re serious about our education, our achievements and our opportunities, here’s our chance to make a difference. Isn’t it time for black boys to put back into society? We don’t want to be a drain on our society! So what we require from you is: equal access to education, to be heard and given a chance to show our capabilities. Teachers only see us as rappers, 100m runners and graffiti artists, but if you look through our eyes, you’d see that we want to be doctors, lawyers, teachers etc. However, in order to achieve our ambitions we need to successfully get through the education system. What we basically want is for you to invest in the education of black boys and our futures. I am just an ordinary black boy who joined the ‘Black Boys Can Project’ when I was 10.This year, I took my GCSEs and I got not 1, not 2 not 5, but 11 GCSEs grade A*-C. I want other Black boys to be at least given the opportunity to get access to the type of support I received from the National Black Boys Can Association”.
Positive mediation outcome between pupil, parent and school
Excell3 responded to a request from a primary school for Excell3 to act as a mediator between the school and a parent regarding a boy’s behaviour. The school faced major challenges with a boy who was regularly late for school and displayed aggressive behaviour towards other pupils and staff. The school had tried to engage with the boy’s parent but had been unsuccessful in its attempts. However, Excell3’s mediator was able to engage the parent and together they developed a strategy to address the issue. As a result of the mediation intervention, the boy was able to remain in school and successfully finish his primary school education with a more positive school report.
A parent’s testimonial
“I Feel Empowered after attending the Parents Training Course. I sent my son Delaney to an Excell3 project because he was always in trouble at school for one thing or another. I was constantly called to the school to discuss my sons continuous misbehaviour. However, I was concerned that the emphasis was always on Delaney’s behaviour and very rarely about his education. I desperately wanted my child to succeed; however previous to the course I felt powerless. The Parents training course which I attended was really useful, as it helped me to understand the current school system and how I could navigate my way around the system. I also found it useful to explore the different ways I could support my son’s education and work more effectively with his school. I have now developed a more positive working relationship with the school. I am now proactive rather than reactive. Now I spend less time talking to teachers about Delaney’s behaviour and more time about his academic work. Delaney is still not a saint, however, his behaviour has undoubtedly improved. With the training we have both received, my son has become more focused and his school work has improved significantly”.
Testimonial from a London School re: Oxford University Black Boys Can Programme
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, and your organisation for the excellent Oxford University Black Boys programme run this year. Five of our students were accepted onto the programme and the feedback they gave me was very positive. They found the programme both rewarding and inspirational. I am optimistic that their involvement in this programme will play a key role in helping them to reach their potential. Such has been the impact on these boys, that we are now training them to act as school mentors working with other people in the school. I would not hesitate in nominating our students for involvement in future programmes and look forward to working with you again in the future.” Head Teacher