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The Boxing Academy wins ASDAN-sponsored TES award


The Boxing Academy in Hackney won the alternative provision school of the year award at the TES Schools Awards in London on Friday.

Sponsored by ASDAN, the category was open to any standalone alternative provision organisation such as special schools and pupil referral units.

The Boxing Academy offers an alternative education pathway for 40 students between the ages of fourteen and sixteen who are at risk of exclusion. Learners work towards five GCSEs alongside undertaking boxing sessions that the school says improves concentration as well as fitness. In 2016, 80% of pupils achieved five GCSE passes, well above the national average for alternative provision.

ASDAN Managing Director Jenny Williams (far right) presents the award for alternative provision school of the year to staff at the The Boxing Academy – image courtesy of TES Global Limited

ASDAN Managing Director, Jenny Williams, said: “Teachers are doing a lot of heavy lifting for society - dealing with the overflow into young lives of the problems we’re finding it difficult to solve.   We owe them a lot of support and understanding.  A celebration evening such as this is one way of paying tribute to the talent, dedication and creativity of so many people in this remarkable profession. ”

We would like to congratulate the following ASDAN registered centres which won their categories:

  • Manchester Communication Academy (Community impact award)
  • Victoria Education Centre, Poole (Digital innovation/ed tech school of the year)
  • Larbert High School, Stenhousemuir (Science, technology and engineering teacher or team)

As part of our sponsorship of this prestigious event, we are giving away free high quality teaching resources, including worksheets and templates:

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