Nottingham's most deprived pupils to get extra support

Posted on 23 March 2016 (Permalink)

Graham is delighted that his charity, Rebalancing the Outer Estates Foundation has recieved a grant to put a Progression Coach into 4 of Nottm North's secondary schools. He said: "This is just the beginning. We currently have 700 young jobless in our area. This scheme will help 200 13-18 year olds pioneer a new way of ensuring people are on the right track"

See below for an official press release detailing the scheme:



  • The charity Rebalancing the Outer Estates Foundation in partnership with ThinkForward has received £60,000 from the Careers and Enterprise Company towards funding ThinkForward’s breakthrough Progression Coaching programme across four schools in Nottingham North.
  • Centred in Basford Hall, New College Nottingham, the programme will support 200 of the most disengaged young people to ensure they successfully transition from school to higher education or sustained employment.
  • Led by Graham Allen MP, Rebalancing the Outer Estates Foundation aims to break the intergenerational nature of Nottingham North’s outer estate deprivation, addressing route causes rather than just the symptoms.
  • Partnering with local employers including Nottingham City Homes and Boots, young people will benefit from targeted ready for work activities including, business mentoring, work experience placements and entry level jobs.

22nd March 2016: Rebalancing the Out Estates Foundation and ThinkForward will work together in schools to provide five years of one-to-one support to young people identified as being most risk of becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training). ThinkForward’s Coaches will provide long-term personalised support, helping young people to overcome challenges in and out of school and to build employability skills and confidence. The ThinkForward programme will work in Bluecoat Beechdale Academy, Bulwell Academy, Ellis Guilford School and Nottingham University Samworth Academy.

ThinkForward currently works with over 1100 young people across 14 schools in east London and has achieved impressive results. 91% of young people graduating from the programme are in further education, employment or training and 72% have achieved 5 A*-C GSCE’s. Building on this success their move to Nottingham is the first step in their national expansion.

Nottingham North has some of the UK’s highest levels of inter-generational unemployment, low educational attainment and social deprivation. Despite Nottingham being a hub for local and national businesses many young people from Nottingham North are not progressing into sustained jobs and 1 in 3 live in a workless households.

The Careers and Enterprise fund has been created to increase the number of encounters young people have with employers while in education which, according to research, dramatically reduces their chances of becoming NEET and increases future salaries by on average 18%.  Despite this evidence, currently only 40% of schools offer employer engagement to young people with careers and enterprise provision varying dramatically across England.

The £5 million fund administered by The Careers & Enterprise Company will go to programmes located across England, with 75% of funding directed to ‘Cold Spot’ areas such as Nottingham North. They charities were selected following a rigorous process against key criteria defined according to research that shows young people need encounters, information and a plan in order to succeed. The winning programmes demonstrated a particular focus on employer encounters, had a track record of success and had the ability to scale up.

Paul Halcro, Principal of The Bulwell Academy, said: “I am excited about working with ThinkForward, so that together our disadvantaged students are able to benefit from support with transitioning from school to employment or training.”

Graham Allen, MP of Nottingham North said, “I’m delighted that Rebalancing the Outer Estates Foundation has created a partnership enabling ThinkForward to bring Progression Coaches to four Nottingham North secondary schools. The partnership will create opportunities for our young people most at risk of becoming unemployed and will give them a real future in the workforce in Nottingham North, currently the UK's second most deprived constituency in terms of education and skills.”

Claudia Harris, CEO of The Careers & Enterprise Company, said: “We are delighted to award ThinkForward and Rebalancing the Outer Estates with funding to continue its amazing work. There are a huge number of extraordinary organisations working across the country to connect business to schools and colleges, creating encounters that inspire and inform young people about the future. We are pleased The Careers & Enterprise Company Investment Fund will support a set of those organisations to reach nearly 250,000 further young people, especially in ‘Cold Spot’ areas of greatest need. We look forward to working with ThinkForward and seeing the impact it continues to have on the young people it works with.”

The Careers & Enterprise Company exists to help inspire and prepare young people to take control of their futures. To do this, it will help them make the link between their education and future career and build the attitudes and attributes they will need to succeed. By filling gaps in the provision of careers and enterprise activities across the country and by increasing employer engagement it will help all young people achieve their potential.