West London Zone

Targeting support where it’s needed

Social and emotional development is as important for children succeeding at school as their academic progress. As many as 12,000 children in west London need support but aren’t receiving it because their needs are not great enough in any one area. West London Zone (WLZ) identifies those children and develops a personalised two-year support plan for each child to help them build the relationships and skills they need to get on track socially, emotionally and academically.

We have awarded WLZ a grant of £100,000 to scale up their work. Our funding will enable them to support 1,600 young people in west London. Each child is allocated a link worker who supports them to meet their goals. Children have opportunities to work in small groups on whatever they need: reading, maths, relationships with friends, improving concentration, and confidence in the classroom. They also have access to drama, sports, art and employability workshops as well as trips and fun activities in the holidays.

  • In 2021-22 WLZ worked with 1,338 children in 45 school settings.

  • 83% of parents see an increase in their child’s confidence during the programme.

  • 98% of young people find sessions with their link worker helpful.

“West London Zone provides schools with support that schools would never be able to provide. We don’t have the funds, we don’t have the staff, we don’t have the resources to offer these opportunities to children and we know how beneficial they are.”

Josie Quested, Special Educational Needs Coordinator, Wendell Park Primary School

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