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Football clubs to tackle disruptive pupils

Football clubs could become classrooms if a groundbreaking scheme operated by AFC Sunderland is adopted by other clubs.

A centre at the club's Stadium of Light stadium has been helping expelled pupils get back into the classroom. Pupils attend classes at the centre with the aim of changing their attitudes towards attendance at school.

The scheme has proven to be a qualified success, dealing with almost 100 pupils in the last year 93 per cent of whom have made a positive return to schooling.

One of the innovative ideas to change pupils' attitudes to education is by getting them feeling good about themselves before classes start. This motivational method utilises AFC Sunderland's theme tune as the pupils walk out of a tunnel before lessons.

The Independent reports that the scheme could now be taken across the nation, with government officials taking a keen interest in the success of the project.

"This sounds an innovative and interesting programme – which is worth other areas looking at carefully," a Department of Education spokesman said on independent.­co.­uk. 

"Ministers are clear that too much alternative provision is simply not good enough and lets down young people."

Matt Morris

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