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NLT launch ‘Game Changers’ using football to boost the reading skills of excluded young people

From the NLT website:

Game Changers will combine football-themed reading lessons, practical football activities and sporting role models to equip 900 excluded students (aged 11-14) with the reading motivation and skills they need to overcome barriers to educational success.

Young people who are excluded from mainstream education have some of the poorest outcomes in education, health and life. Only 1% achieve five good GCSEs and excluded young people are 10 times more likely to experience mental health problems than their peers.

Game Changers aims to turn this around by leveraging excluded young people’s interest in football to provide a vital route into reading, which research shows can boost young people’s educational attainment and mental wellbeing.