We work closely with a number of charitable partners and organisations to support our thriving community of schools. From fundraisers, projects and events, we believe working together with our communities is key to creating a positive environment for all our children, parents and staff to join together in. Community Boxes At the beginning of the pandemic, we launched our Community Box programme to provide vulnerable families with near-expiry food and hygiene and educational essentials. The scheme has now expanded to 20 schools and we've now delivered over 80,000 boxes worth over £2m, helping reduce the cost-of-living as well as reducing national food waste. The programme sees our schools become distribution centres for weekly boxes made up of surplus food sourced from charities such as FareShare UK and City Harvest, together with donations from local businesses. School staff and volunteers pack and distribute the boxes. The project was picked up by the BBC, and Parkfield Primary had a well deserved moment of fame as they featured in a segment on BBC1’s Morning Live.The impact of these community boxes has been significant. As one parent stated:“Lockdown has been isolating, so coming here on a Friday has allowed us to see people and collect our boxes. It gives us a stock of fruits and vegetables, and if something drastic happens tomorrow morning, I know that I have got someone to help me - even with the basics.”We look forward to expanding the scheme to more schools. Rackets Cubed Since 2019, the Elliot Foundation has partnered with Rackets Cubed, a sports charity that runs integrated racket sport (e.g. squash or tennis), education and nutrition programmes for disadvantaged children. The programme’s vision is driven by the increasing evidence that active children have higher school achievement and that nutritious foods improve classroom behaviour. There are a number of factors which have been shown to adversely affect a child’s learning and development (from NHS Wandsworth) and these include:A child’s long term health and fitness is adversely affected by being overweight which in turn impacts learning and development in children.Disadvantaged children are less likely to participate in physical activity outside of school.Self-esteem, participation and confidence are all important factors in a child’s school attainment as well as their quality of life. Obesity can adversely affect all of these things and it is thought that poor self-esteem may be a reason for decreased attainment in obese children.Nutrition and physical activity interventions in schools tend to have the biggest impact in populations with a high prevalence of disadvantageUniversity College London researchers found just 51% of the 6,500 children they monitored achieved the recommended hour of physical activity each day. For girls, the figure was just 38%, compared with 63% for boys. Our partnership will help our children fulfil their academic potential, improve their physical and mental health, and aim high in all aspects of their daily lives.