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About the organisation

Clarion Futures (formerly Centra Care and Support)

Clarion Futures is a registered charity, part of Clarion Housing Group, a social landlord providing affordable homes and delivering one of the country’s largest social investment programmes.

Activities include residential care homes, sheltered housing projects, shared accommodation and also floating support provided to people in their homes.

We provide support services to vulnerable groups in society including young people with complex needs, people with mental health difficulties, people with learning disabilities, older people, vulnerable families in the community and ex-offenders who also have mental health needs.

Application deadline: 

Student researcher needed to support a national housing association in gathering knowledge and greater understanding, through extensive data research, of the correlation of school exclusion rates with the level of overall poverty within local neighbourhoods where CHG has stock.

The outcome of research will influence funding allocation aimed at supporting families whose children are at risk of exclusion in school, through a yet to be agreed mechanism such as family therapy or supporting schools to offer increased level of pastoral care.

The purpose is to proactively assist in the reduction of levels of exclusion for children who live within our neighbourhoods.

Role Aim: 

For the purposes of this study Clarion Futures aims to work within our communities to help children and young people overcome challenges they face specifically in schools, in order to meet their aspirations and to mitigate the impact of the challenges some of them face around poverty, education, health and well-being, and future employment opportunities. It is increasingly clear that there is a direct correlation between poverty and poor educational outcomes and while this is not a new phenomenon in terms of children going on to fail through achieving poor educational outcomes or at worse statutory exclusion ; what is new is the collective multi-agency understanding that children who are excluded are increasingly likely to be from poor housing and/or poorer neighbourhoods, including areas where Clarion Housing has significant social housing stock.


To research levels of exclusion and draw a picture of where these are and why children are excluded, as well as the demographics of excluded children’s families;

To map the findings against IMD hotspots within our stock in order to identify geographical areas, in North London specifically.

To identify the schools within designated areas that do not have a record of exclusion and establish partnerships between these and schools with high exclusion rates;

To offer a service to both these schools;

To cost this service in order to draw up a budget and identify potential funders.

Skills needed: 

• Excellent organisational skills

• Presentation skills

• Research and report writing skills

• IT skills

• Analytical techniques


It is not envisaged that any training will be needed but CHG would be happy to fund any necessary training identified

Hackney and Islington
Time commitment: 
3-5 hours per week
Opening times: 
This can be agreed depending on the student’s availability

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