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Dylan's Story

Names have been changed to protect people's identities

Dylan's Story

Dylan, aged 13, arrived at a new school after an unsuccessful managed move at other secondary schools. With help from the Boy Genius Programme, Dylan made a positive start at the new school, improved his behaviour and made good progress with his learning.

The Situation

Dylan arrived at a new school in year 8, following an unsuccessful managed move at other secondary schools. Dylan faced a troublesome home life, involving aggressive relationships with siblings and parenting which was often unpredictable. After a run of decent reports, Dylan’s family finally allowed him to return home to continue his education in London.


Unfortunately, it wasn’t long into his time at the school, that Dylan was involved in an incident concerning disobedience. Following a verbal warning from the school’s director, the situation escalated, and Dylan became angry and verbally hostile with his teachers and peers.


Father 2 Father's Involvement

Thanks to Father 2 Father's 'Boy Genius' Boys Development Programme, team member Ray, was on hand to help Dylan, involving him in one-to-ones and the 'Boy Genius’ development groups.


Ray expressed honestly to Dylan that his placement at the school could go ‘either way’, depending on the choices he made. As long as Dylan stayed positive and focused on developed strategies for managing stressful moments, he could excel.



Dylan thrived within the development group. He was honest about some of his own struggles and had wise reflections about responding to adversity for the other group members to hear. The personalities within his group were diverse, but they were supportive of one another, creating strong bonds between boys who would not otherwise have associated with each other.


Ray makes regular contact with Dylan to keep track of his progress. Since Father 2 Father's intervention, there have been very few incidents with Dylan’s behaviour and the school reports he has been integrating well with peers and making strong progress in his learning.

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