Bringing hope and a future for struggling children 

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Transforming Lives for Good (TLG) and Upton Vale Baptist Church began working together in 2018. This relationship started when the church became involved in the Early Intervention Coaching programme and the partnership is being developed further with the opening of a TLG Education Centre in Torbay.


All over the UK children are having difficulties at school and nationally the latest statistics show that:

  • Children living in poverty are four times more likely to get a permanent exclusion from school.
  • 1.5 million children are entitled to free school meals in the UK.
  • More than two thirds of the current prison population were excluded from school.
  • Children in care are two-times more likely to be excluded.
  • Only 1% of children who are excluded get the five good GCSE’s that are needed to enter the workforce.
  • 16 – 24 year old NEET’s (those not in Education, Employment or Training) have a lower life expectancy and are more likely to suffer from mental health problems.

This is a reality in Torbay too. 
TLG's mission is to help bring hope and a future through education for the most disadvantaged children and families. 

TLG Torbay

TLG Torbay is a working partnership between TLG and Upton Vale Baptist Church, a church based education centre offering a safe and nurturing place for young people to learn.
A little background and context:
  • TLG have been providing education to vulnerable young people for over 20 years.
  • TLG has 12 Education Centres, all of them registered as Independent Schools and Ofsted ‘Good’.

What makes a TLG Education Centre unique?
  • Intentionally small-scale with low staff to pupil numbers (1:3).
  • Successful pupil reintegration - equipping pupils to thrive rather than survive in mainstream.
  • A skills-based curriculum (we know that thinking skills enables our pupils to better engage with all subjects when back in mainstream).
  • Genuine wraparound pastoral care of the pupils and families due to the church’s designated Pupil and Family Support Worker and pastoral governance team (Centre Support Team).
  • Highly intentional therapeutic approaches including counselling, curriculum and resources.

What are other key aspects of the daily provision and ‘offer’?
  • A robust academic offer with a daily focus on maths and English and Functional Skills qualifications.
  • The provision is four days a week - Wednesdays are used for pupil reintegration and TLG staff training.

Our Torbay Education Centre website gives more detail here.  
There will also be opportunities to volunteer in many ways including small group work with students in a specialism such as design and technology, horticulture, music; 1:1 support; sports sessions; provision of lunches; sharing stories.
For more information on how to get involved please contact Sharon, our Head Teacher. 

Early Intervention Coaching

One Coach       One Child       One hour a week for one year

The programme enables trained volunteers to become coaches and work on a one-to-one basis with children, with the overall aim of reducing the child’s felt anxieties and increasing their confidence and aspirations. TLG trains and equips volunteers with proven resources to help children explore their choices and the consequences of the decisions that they make. The overall objective is to prevent children disconnecting with school. Check out this information video

Currently we have 12 trained coaches and are working with pupils in three Torquay primary schools. We would like to expand this programme by adding to our coaching team and involving more churches in Early Intervention. For more information please contact us.