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Fair Futures is a Community Interest Company working with schools, MATs, council services and other organisations, children, young people and families to promote successful learning and reduce barriers to education.

Our current areas of work focus on:

  • Services to schools and Children's Services departments to provide specialist teaching and support for children and young people learning through English as an additional language, young asylum seekers and refugees and Gypsy, Roma and Traveller young people.

  • Services to provide therapeutic support for children and young people. We offer specialism in working with young people who are refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants, those who speak English as an additional language and those from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. 

  • Organising ESOL classes within existing groups and for specific communities

  • Providing educational and practical support to refugee and asylum seeker children and families.

  • GCSE languages support to schools


  • Developing education and mental health support for refugee and asylum seeking young people 

  • Community Linking projects

  • Working with families to support  their children's learning, stay safe and healthy and develop positive friendships.


Specialist teaching, educational and pastoral support can increase the rate of progress of EAL learners and their peers.


School impact

Secondary schools in Bury: Progress data

Progress data from 2022-23 Progress 8 scores

EAL 3 spend data is taken over the last 3 years. Schools fell into three bands as shown below.


Case studies of pupil progress and attainment also provide evidence of impact.

Pupil impact: Case study and feedback

Case Study of an International New Arrival: Ali

Ali arrived at the school towards the end of Year 10.

He was an unaccompanied asylum-seeking child

(UASC) from Afghanistan and was placed with foster

carers. He was keen and motivated to learn but had

had an interrupted education due to the situation in


The EAL specialist team input: home visit, PEP

meetings, timetabling, referral for PTSD therapy.

Learning: bespoke timetable with fewer subjects,

focusing on core subjects and Ali's interests; small group English Language intervention sessions; after-school extra science and English lessons; EAL specialist teacher support in English and science classes.

Ali worked very hard during his time at the school. It soon became clear that he had a good grounding in maths which helped him in his science as well. However, he also learnt skills in English and learnt how to respond in the correct style for the GCSE exams. He received a lot of support here and he used it to good effect.

Ali's GCSE results:

Maths 7                          Science 6 6                  Art 6

English Language 3         English Literature  4

After leaving the school, Ali attended college, where he studied maths, physics and chemistry. He then gained a scholarship to study medicine at a Russell Group university. Ali was clearly a gifted pupil, but the long-standing good practice at the school, where staff are so used to working with international new arrivals and collaborating with the EAL specialist team, undoubtedly helped him to perform so well at college.

What's on this month?

ESOL classes for existing groups and for specific communities

Young Asylum Seeker and Refugee Group

Social and pastoral support for asylum seeker and refugee young people aged 15-19
by referral​

Young Asylum Seeker and Refugee GCSE Maths class

for group members

Let's Get Reading! Reading class for 16-18 year-olds and adults who are learning English as an additional language and had little or no opportunity to learn t read in English at school.

Volunteering/ work experience opportunities for members of the Young Asylum Seeker and Refugee group

EAL Specialist Teaching and Support

- what difference does it make?

Help Fair Futures to support our community:

  • Donate to Fair Futures

  • Donate good quality clothes and soft furnishings

  • Donate good quality books and games


  • Support Fair Futures projects



Information for Ukrainian refugees  in Bury Click for webpage 


Support your community, the Recycle for Greater Manchester project and Fair Futures by donating books, clothes and textiles. We will use them to help young people and families in need, raise funds for Fair Futures community work, and support creative events for local people.

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