A project exploring how young people engage with education.

Engaging with young people who are on the edge of school, and those who have left school and are not in full-time education or employment.

How can these young people be supported to thrive in education? How have their struggles been impacted since COVID-19?

Launch Event

To launch the Renew project, we set up a streaming event.

Here, you can watch again, the Action Media crew introduce the project.
We set up two cameras, the big screen tv, and a mixer.


Paul Brown from Reading FC Community Trust tells us about his project and how they work with young people.

Tony tells us his life story – getting into trouble, but then falling in love with learning while in prison.

Meet Phillippa, who works in a local museum. Hear how COVID affected their education delivery and how the museum adapted.

Local youth worker James tells us about his Low Rider bike project, and how he’s giving young people different opportunities to learn something new.

We meet Jess, at local education project New Meaning. Hear about the different projects they run and how they help young people who aren’t typically ‘school shaped’, to grow and learn new practical skills.

Simon works for Starting Point, a local youth programme who journey with young people through mentoring and creative opportunities.


Photos from the project

Top Tips for Surviving School

Our school students have come up with some top tips for surviving school. Based on their experiences, and things they wished they’d known sooner.


Our school students have come up with some raw and honest posters, based on their feelings about school.


Some of the key findings from the interviews we held with local alternative education providers.

Education statistics post-COVID

Some key statistics we found regarding young people and schooling post-COVID

Social Media posts

We took some of the best quotes from the video and turned them into posts for social media.

The Action Media crew wanted to put a video together based on what we’ve learnt through our filming. Here we present our tips for recording interviews

Links and further resource

In putting the project together, we have come across a number of different links/articles/videos etc.
Here are a selection:

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