Improve achievement and school attendance of 20 students from London Academy for whom mainstream education is failing by engaging them through ‘street based’ rap music on their estates. We aim to set up a school based music project led by these young people, supported by extensive ‘street’ outreach.

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It ran from 10:00 AM, 6 December 2010 to 10:00 AM, 4 January 2011

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1126144)

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These deprived students, who come from broken and impoverished homes in the borough of Barnet, need support the most but are getting it the least. Many are victims of abuse, rotating through foster families or institutionalised care. Without intervention, their trajectories look bleak: lives of crime, anti-social behaviour and gang involvement; low levels of emotional well-being and school attendance can mean these students fall out of mainstream education and into the criminal justice system.


Supported by mental health professionals, 2 award winning young people who have changed their lives from ‘crime to grime’ will engage truanting students with ‘street based rap’ to build rapport with this 'unreachable' group. Students will later be asked to help set up and lead a school-based music project, bringing them back into a school environment. Themes raised through the music e.g. gang culture and stress will form the basis of mental health workshops alongside the music.