Developing the skills of young people excluded from mainstream education


We believe that all young people should have the opportunity to lead creative lives, no matter their circumstances or needs.

Our Build project uses the arts to develop relationships, emotional literacy and communication skills of young people excluded from mainstream education.

We work with young people schooled in primary and secondary Pupil Referral Units (PRU’s) ; usually as a result of their previous school placement having broken down through ill health, behaviour issues or other difficulties. Many of the young people we work with have had adverse childhood experiences, often resulting in trauma and mental health needs.

Reasons Why


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8 out of 10 young people within PRUs have a special education need or disability



Boys are 3 times more likely to be asked to leave their school than girls



More than half of UK prisoners have been excluded from school

Participatory arts activities with children and young people improve their cognitive, linguistic, social and emotional development.


Our experienced artists respond to the interests of young people, creating a space for expression and dialogue using visual arts, drama and discussion. The application of these unique trauma-informed practices work alongside young people, accepting their often complex needs and behaviours to respond with playfulness, curiosity and empathy.

Through collaborative engagement, our aim is to increase young people’s capacity for self-reflection, stress regulation and conflict resolution, developing transferrable skills through the arts. 

I felt listened to by the adults because they take in all the ideas that we come up with. It’s important to have space and talk. The sessions have been good for my confidence, I feel better.
— Participant - Build

Work with us

If you would like to find out more about our unique trauma informed approaches, and how they might work in your setting please get in touch:


This work has been generously funded by the East End Community Foundation, the Mount Trust and the Young Londoners Fund.

Kazzum have been working with some of our most vulnerable students who present as withdrawn, with low self-esteem and emotional and behavioural issues. They have been providing sessions for a girls’ only group, focusing on self-esteem, consent, personal development and other pertinent issues.  Kazzum’s input has been invaluable .
— Astrid Schon, Deputy Headteacher, London East Alternative Provision