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In partnership with SHINE (Support and Help In Education), Tom's Trust funded a refugee project at a primary school in Southall, one of the most deprived areas of the London borough of Ealing. The funding was used for an after-school learning club that focuses in particular on strengthening literacy and numeracy skills. Around a quarter of the children at the school were from refugee families, including Somalian, Afghan, Iraqi and Sri Lankan families. The support programme aimed to provide academic and social support for refugees and newly arrived children, raise pupils' achievements levels and self-esteem and help parents support their children.
Tom's Trust has also helped with funding for the Walmer Road School, in partnership with SHINE and the Rugby Portabello Trust. The Walmer Road School is an independent school established in 2005 to provide full-time alternative education for small groups of 14-16 year old students who have become disengaged from mainstreem education, and might otherwise become NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training). - www.rugbyportobello.org.uk