Extending opportunities to all

Our aim is to help the most vulnerable access opportunities that will support them to succeed in and out of education.

Why this is an issue

Significant numbers of young people in Doncaster have multiple barriers to opportunities, falling under the 7 categories of vulnerability set by the Children’s Commissioner. Children in these circumstances usually have a lack of experiences and access to enrichment opportunities, and reduced engagement in education.

Vulnerable young people often don’t develop essential life skills, missing out on the link between educational attainment and extra-curricular activity that enhances resilience, self-efficacy, and emotional and social skills.

Opportunities currently bypass vulnerable children and young people who need more support to engage in extra-curricular programmes that are already operating, like The National Citizen Service and Children’s University.

What we will do

We will:

  • Develop and implement an innovative coaching and mentoring programme
  • Break down the barriers that prevent vulnerable children and young people from accessing the Children’s University and the National Citizen Service programmes
  • Give additional help to vulnerable young people so they can make informed choices about their post-16 options and not be held back by personal circumstances
  • Support teachers and schools to improve attendance and explore alternative options to fixed-term exclusions for vulnerable children

Our targets

By 2020/2021:

  • At least 1,000 more disadvantaged children will access the Children’s University scheme
  • At least 1 in 5 participants in the National Citizen Service will be young people from disadvantaged backgrounds
  • At least 300 vulnerable young people with 2 or more characteristics of vulnerability will participate in an enduring coaching and mentoring relationship, and through this access one or more extra-curricular programme as part of the Essential Life Skills programme or other routes
  • The fixed-period exclusion rate will be at least 50% lower than in 2016 to 2017