East London Advertiser (January 2015) School signs up a new family support worker

Barclays is funding three roles at Ian Mikardo High School in Bromley by Bow, now including a new family support worker.

It is part of a community programme by the bank’s Canary Wharf HQ offering support, time and expertise where specialists work with pupils and their families to help them develop life skills.

“Our partnership with the bank has made an invaluable contribution to our pupils’ progress, Head Teacher Claire Lillis said.

“The new family support worker post makes a big difference to some of our vulnerable families. The bank’s support for the school makes all the difference to our boys and their families.”

The partnership since 2009 also means the school can employ a fundraiser and continue supporting a psychotherapist and a parent engagement officer.

Barclays community investment head Kathleen Britain said, “We’re investing not only money, but also our time and expertise to help youngsters at Ian Mikardo overcome challenges to realise their ambitions.”

The school achieved global recognition for its nurturing ethos when it was featured in Channel 5’s Too Tough To Teach? documentary late last year.

Most Year 11 leavers now go on to further education, training and employment, thanks to its education and intervention programme. The school was recently awarded its third consecutive “outstanding” Ofsted rating.