Helping young people learn

About Involve

Involve is an innovative off-site education provider and youth project supporting learners in Leeds.

Involve’s ground-breaking, proactive and holistic approach to learning enables young people to reach their potential by means of a flexible curriculum tailored to their specific needs.

Involve is dedicated to improving the future prospects of learners at risk of being excluded from the education system. As an approved provider, all our programmes are quality assured by Leeds city council and aimed at helping young people learn, achieve and realise their potential.

Our centre is based in South Leeds close to the City Centre, within easy reach of bus routes and offers an excellent spacious facility to effectively work with young people in small groups offering a classroom, games area, mentoring/inclusion room, IT suite and fully-equipped kitchen.

Involve take Child Protection and Safeguarding seriously. Our designated safeguarding lead is Darren Reddyhoff. If you would like a copy of our safeguarding policy please contact the office on 0113 320 0396. All other policies are available upon request. We are committed to safer recruitment, and all staff and volunteers are subject to 2 references and an enhanced DBS check (criminal record check).

Involve is a not a registered school. We are an alternative education provider. Our education offer is beneath the 18hr threshold. At most young people will attend Involve Monday to Friday from 9.45am to 1.15pm. A total of 17.5hrs. We are a part time education provider. Short term with the aim of reintegration back into mainstream school or the next most appropriate specialist provision.

Involve treat all their young people as individuals, they carefully identify their needs and work closely with schools to ensure that these needs are met. Young people I have sent to this provision feel welcomed, safe, supported and are willing to attend. This is due to the enthusiasm of the staff and the nurturing atmosphere of the provision.
Alicia MannersSchool Manager, Leeds East Academy

Our Track Record

Since 2009 we have supported over 1500 young people overcome barriers to their education, raising their attendance, engagement, behaviour, achievement and aiding successful reintegration back into mainstream school.

Improving Attendance
On average young people improve their attendance by 35% while attending our provision. We are ideal for persistent non-attenders or young people not engaging in mainstream school. We track attendances back in school following an Involve placement and have found our work has a sustainable impact upon a young person’s engagement with mainstream education.
Raising Achievement
Most young people at Involve show significant improvement in national curriculum sub-levels and move up by 3 or more sub-levels during a placement. Each young person benefits from an individual learning plan with numeracy and literacy targets and tailored programmes that address gaps in a young person’s academic, social & emotional understanding. Targets are agreed at regular tutorial meetings, with progress measured fortnightly.
Ensuring Reintegration
Our ultimate aim is reintegration. Over 80% of referrals are successful reintegrated back into mainstream school - reducing their days at Involve over a period of 5 weeks at the end of the placement. Involve also support young people through managed transfers and onto other suitable providers.

Simon was a young person facing permanent exclusion from his school due to reaching his allotted amount of fixed term exclusions for the academic year. When we began working with him, he had issues with drug use, getting involved in petty-crime and anti-social behaviour, and was falling behind at school due to pressure from his peers and spending so much time in isolation.

When he started at Involve, it was clear that Simon did not lack ability, but he needed to hone his behaviour and build his confidence in order to succeed, filling in the gaps he had missed due to being isolated from mainstream lessons. In his time with us Simon went up 5 national curriculum sublevels in English and Maths, received support from Platform Leeds (drugs awareness programme) and we negotiated a reintegration plan between his mum and school. 6 months later we received contact from his school to say that not only was he was keeping himself out of trouble, but that he was succeeding and back on track to succeed in his education.

It’s helping me at home. It’s helping me respect people more and speak to people properly. I’m getting a better education for myself.
Young PersonKS3 reintegration programme

Our Programmes

Our programmes are tailored for young people with complex needs and for whom mainstream school is not always the right solution.

Working in Partnership

Involve works closely with a range of agencies and charities across the city.

Involve’s holistic approach to supporting young people demands that we work together with stakeholders, partners and other agencies in the best interests of the young person. Involve’s key workers have vast experience of multi-agency working, and advocating for the needs of the young person referred. Partners in this process include: the referring High School, Social Care, the NHS, the Police, the Youth Offending Service, Forward Leeds (drugs and substance misuse), Basis, Genesis, Blast and the Shine Project (CSE), MST (family support), CAMHS (mental health) and other specialised agencies working for the best in each situation.

Involve benefits from the support of partners across the UK.

As a charity and social enterprise Involve benefits enormously from the support of many organisations committed to enabling young people and their communities to reach their potential including: Area Inclusion Partnerships and Leeds Children’s Services, the Big Lottery Fund, Garfield Weston, the Liz and Terry Brammal Foundation, the Leeds Community Foundation, St Luke’s CARES, the Hunslet Initiative, Johnson and Johnson and the Leeds Christian Community Trust.

Its changed him and made him look at things differently. You’re teaching life skills, you make them think about what they’re doing. You’re teaching them common sense.

Contact Involve

Involve Learning Centre
Whitfield Avenue

LS10 2QE

Telephone: 0113 320 0396