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What We Do

It’s Your Life is an established, highly successful charity operating from Tower Hamlets in East London. We work with children, young people and families to create a better society, where everyone, regardless of background, is encouraged to strive for educational excellence and supported to achieve this. In helping communities to achieve their full potential we look beyond the classroom. High quality teaching requires support from a stable home life, robust support networks and ample self-confidence.

Our Achievements

It's Your Future

75% of students go on to achieve 5 or more A*-C grades at GCSE

100% go on to further education or apprenticeships

It's Your Child's Life

Provided parenting and home support to over 4000 adults

95% of parents found the course useful and

100% would recommend it to others

It's Your Community

100% of participants have learned new skills

100% would recommend our programme to others

It's Your Future

95%  of KS2 pupils and  90% of KS3 pupils successfully transfer to a mainstream or special school

100% of KS4 pupils move on to a post 16 provision


Jackie Barnes (BEd. FRSA NPQH) founded It's Your Life in 2007 after noticing a gap in provision for the most disadvantaged and vulnerable members of our community. Jackie is a qualified Headteacher with over 30 years teaching experience and in 2009 was awarded a Sinnott Fellowship - given to outstanding practitioners who deliver outward facing schools programmes that enhance students wellbeing, aspirations and overall achievement. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce, awarded for her work in education. Jackie was also Lead Community Practitioner for the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust and a parental engagement advocate for the National College of School Leadership. She is both passionate and experienced in working with children with social, emotional and mental health issues as well as their families.

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