Partnerships with Schools, Helen Marshall, CEO, Ambition

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Partnerships with Schools, Helen Marshall, CEO, Ambition

  1. 1. Partnerships With Schools 4 November 2013
  2. 2. About Ambition •UK’s leading youth club charity – established in 1925 •Over 3,500 youth clubs and youth community projects supporting more than 350,000 young people •Strategic support, funding and personal development opportunities for members’ staff, volunteers and young people •Ambition Quality – the quality standard for the youth sector •Accredited training opportunities through Ambition Training
  3. 3. Why deliver youth work in partnership? •Benefits to evidence-based outcomes for young people •Youth work improves educational attainment, improves retention rates and decreases exclusions •Offers resilience, confidence, aspiration building •Local solutions for holistic provision for young people •London Youth’s work with Ofsted •NYA’s Commission on youth work in formal education
  4. 4. Ambition’s DfE programme • Linking schools with Myplace centres • Young people able to access world-class arts and sports facilities in their communities • Replication support for arts element •1,500 young people engaged over two years •15 Myplace centres •9 local youth infrastructure organisations
  5. 5. Realising Ambition •Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence – £1m Big Lottery funding •Delivered in 72 countries worldwide •First delivery in UK and pioneering delivery via youth clubs •Personal and social development programme addressing risk factors leading to alcohol and substance misuse •Increased educational attainment and academic participation •Working with 800 8 -14 year olds over five years •13 local delivery partners involved
  6. 6. Challenges •Perceived value of funded programme with no financial commitment from school •Demonstrating evidence base for value of youth work •Schools driven by educational results •Buy-in from senior school staff essential •Perception of non-academic learning from teaching staff •Data sharing
  7. 7. Successes •Formal relationship with school measured by outcomes •Shared set of targets •Non-academic learning positively seen by school leadership to enhance school curriculum •Recognition that youth work can also be structured •Youth workers often able to deal with challenging students outside formal teacher/pupil relationship •Involvement of students in feedback to school
  8. 8. Contact details info@ambitionuk.org 020 7793 0787

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