Bespoke resources for excluded students
Participants read the stories of role models with lived experience of school exclusion: including famous sportspeople, musicians and young people like themselves.
Books to keep
Schools receive 10, carefully chosen, books for participants to keep at the end of the programme.
Online author visits
Each term, Game Changers groups can attend a live, online talk from an inspirational author; with the opportunity to ask questions.
Optional football activities
Engaging video tutorials teach students freestyle football skills - as a further engagement tool.
Printed, 60-page workbooks split texts into manageable chunks, and include a variety of engaging activities. Game Changers is designed to require minimal teacher preparation.
12 months of National Literacy Trust membership
Worth £100 in itself, membership offers easy access for staff to planning and evaluation tools, fantastic teaching resources, discounts with partners and more.
Does Game Changers work?
We developed Game Changers as a bespoke reading programme for excluded students - in Pupil Referral Units and other alternative provision settings. Game Changers aims to:
- Improve participants' attitudes to reading.
- Build participants' core comprehension skills.
Over two years, we have delivered Game Changers in over 150 settings across the UK - reaching more than 1200 excluded young people.
Ongoing surveys of teachers and students has shown:
- Nearly four times as many young people say they enjoy reading after completing Game Changers compared to before (25.0% vs. 6.8%).
- Almost two thirds (64%) of teachers said that Game Changers noticeably improved their students' reading skills.
- Over 3 in 4 pupils (77.2%) feel they can be more successful in life, having read the stories from Game Changers.
- Almost all teachers (97%) say they would recommend Game Changers to other schools.
“The Game Changers programme has been fantastic and has engaged a lot of our learners in sport and literacy to a level that I haven’t previously seen in a PRU”Tom Hoskin, teacher, Swindon
Is Game Changers suitable for my students?
Game Changers uses the stories of role-models with lived experience of school exclusion. The programme is targeted at any students with whom these inspirational narratives might resonate. These include:
- Excluded students in pupil referral units and other alternative provision settings.
- Students attending SEN schools for SEMH needs.
- Students attending internal exclusion units within mainstream schools.
- Mainstream school students deemed ‘at risk of exclusion’, or who have recently returned from a period of school exclusion.
The programme aims to use stories and themes which engage teenagers - in a way that's accessible to lower comprehension abilities. The reading age is roughly 8+, while the content is suitable for KS3 and above.
Buy Game Changers
Click here to buy Game Changers for £250.
This price includes:
- Printed materials and books for up to 10 students.
- Accompanying powerpoints, teacher guidance and football video tutorials.
- Tickets for your group to attend an online author visit.
- Online training for an unlimited number of teachers.
- A 12-month National Literacy Trust premium membership.
If you wish to run Game Changers with more than 10 students, additional boxes can be purchased for an extra £150. Each additional box provides:
- Printed resources (workbooks, poster, stickers) for 10 more students.
- 10 more books.
- Tickets for students to attend an additional online author visit in a subsequent term