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Secondary Health and Welfare - Teenage Mental Health

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What do you do when you have pupils with emotional and behavioural difficulties who won't engage with you or your lessons?

Or pupils who play truant and whose out-of-school activities are a definite barrier to learning? What if these pupils are from ethnic minority groups and prove even harder to reach?

The Multi-Agency Preventative Project works with schools in Tower Hamlets to address this issue with each agency offering a different approach depending on the problem.

At Bow School we meet youth worker Marion Spiers and two of her referrals, 16-year-old Tehsin, who has attendance issues, and 13-year-old Raju, who is underachieving.

Marion has been working with Tehsin for eight months and today's session focuses on identity. With Raju, who is a new client, she is concentrating on communication. Both boys feel that they can speak in confidence with Marion and value her advice.

The school's link teacher Jon Ryder talks about the value of the project and what it can do for students and teachers.

Part of the series: Inspirations

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