School of Hard Knocks works across London, Cardiff and Edinburgh. The partnership with The SOL Foundation includes three schools in the London area for a three-year support.
Pupils are identified by school staff as the most at risk of exclusion or educational disengagement. They then participate in a rugby and life development programme that is healthy, fun, challenging and enriching – to improve attendance and behaviour at school. Clear individual goals are set out in consultation with pupils and their schools in terms of attendance, academic achievement and behaviour.
The programme also features rewards such as trips, matches and training kit in order to reinforce positive behaviour and foster a strong team identity.
In the third and final year, School of Hard Knocks brings in their adult delivery staff to support onward career progression, college applications and CV building.