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Question free schools – but don’t overlook the success stories

When we decided to bid to set up and run a free school, it wasn't an endorsement of educational policy, but a pragmatic response.

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Volunteer to full-time: Andrea’s Big Life journey

I looked in to volunteering as a way of gaining the skills and experience I was missing.

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Taking the plunge: Siobbhan’s Big Life journey

"I saw a poster advertising apprenticeships, so I thought I’d give it a go, and went ahead and applied."

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Kick-starting a career: Sarah’s Big Life journey

"Working at The Big Life group has provided a lot of opportunities for me to progress my career in mental health."

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On the path to progress: Tommy’s story

“I couldn’t wish for a better job. I know from experience that making just the smallest difference to someone means everything.”

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Talking trouble away: Sam’s story

“I know the right help is there when I need it, where as in the past I’d struggle to cope every night.”

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Back to work: Rebecca’s story

"Working Well looked at what I wanted to do, and what I needed to work on to get into work."

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Making friends: Abi and Fraser’s story

“Now, he is much more confident with other children we meet, and even talks about his friends when we’re at home.”

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