Helping a local homelessness charity


  • 20 students
  • 13 to 15 year olds
  • Term long project

Students at The Vale School, a special school in Haringey, identified homelessness as a topic that they wanted to learn more about and see how they could support people experiencing homelessness in their community. After completing classroom based-research on how people become homeless and how they could be supported, students heard from speakers with personal experience and then arranged a visit to a local overnight shelter. During the visit, students found out more about the services and job roles on offer at the shelter and helped set up beds to be used by clients that night.

Run by: Class teacher and support staff

External involvement: WE schools, speakers provided by the charity Depaul

Other attributes developed: Communication, empathy, confidence, understanding that they are able to help others, developing agency

Reflection: Students were supported to complete pieces of empathetic writing following the visit

Opportunities to link to career-related learning: Gatsby Benchmark 5 and 6 - Encounters with employers and employees, and experiences of workplaces

Links to curriculum learning: Independent living and travel training, literacy, broadening awareness of community and wider world around students

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