Behind the gloss were pupils from the Belgrave Street Centre who are on an alternative curriculum
programme of practical studies, together with maths and English.
Deputy head teacher at Fitzalan High School, Lawrenny Avenue, Leckwith, Cardiff, Mr Phillips founded the Alternative Curriculum
(AC) project along with the school's education welfare officer Marcia Barrie.
The students, from Walker Technology College, in Newcastle, are taking part in a hairdressing and beauty course as part of the school's alternative curriculum
The teenage party planners are members of UCA's Springboard programme - an alternative curriculum
which offers young people the chance to learn vocational skills.
They organised the charity event to learn about citizenship as part of the YMCA's Tooth project in Willenhall, which provides an alternative curriculum
for children who do not go to school.
The report, which was presented to the council's executive yesterday, says an alternative curriculum
, truancy sweeps and in-school support centres, should be part of the whole package of combating absenteeism.
The Prince's Trust offers alternative curriculum
programmes for those disaffected with mainstream schooling, called XL schemes.
Enrolling for the alternative curriculum
at Itec at the age of 14, Adam discovered a love of computers and recently received the tripartite award, using his key skills, for his achievements.
Middlesbrough College is also involved in an ESF Project for 14-16 year olds called An Alternative Curriculum
It also provides an alternative curriculum
for youngsters who have been expelled from school.
Just two years ago she was at risk of being expelled from Mary Immaculate High in Cardiff and began attending an alternative curriculum
course at CSV Training Wales, alongside her school lessons.
Head of alternative curriculum
Sandra Coles hopes the boys will return to talk to younger pupils.