Published: July 3, 2018 1:57 pm

Hundreds of children and parents from Pontefract primary schools have completed a 30 week intervention programme aimed at promoting career opportunities and school attendance.

The programme is called CHOICE – Children Have Options, Imagination, Challenge and Experience which concluded with an awards ceremony at The Pontefract Town Hall where each child received a certificate for their hard work.
The course involved working with the fire brigade and the police service to discuss the consequences of anti social behaviour, stranger danger and internet safety to name just a few.

CHOICE District Manager Annette Jones said: “I am very proud of the programme and see each year the benefits that this brings to both the children and their families.  Parental engagement is superb and the enthusiasm is evident by parents in supporting their children.  My vision would be to open this programme up to even more younger children across the region.”

This year marks the 5th successful year where education and law enforcement agencies join forces to demonstrate the amazing opportunities that are available for Pontefract youngsters.  The course hopes to teach children about actions and consequences and how good attendance at school can improve their career prospects.

Funded by Pontefract Academies Trust, WDH and West Yorkshire Police the course is targeted at young people between the ages of nine and 11.

Pontefract Academies Trust, a multi academy trust educating around 3,500 young people in Pontefract.

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