The Government has ordered a review of the rejection of plans for a free school aimed at breaking the link between teenagers and gangs.
The Department for Education has said it will look again at the project after The Independent highlighted its plight.
The Diaspora High School in Lewisham, south London, would give all school leavers three months' work experience in their chosen career to avoid them going straight out onto the streets.
Anne Broni, a teacher, said the riots showed there was a need for another way forward. "Our school would provide that," Ms Broni said.