Supporting the Most Vulnerable

Supporting the most vulnerable

Mentoring through Doncaster Children’s Services Trust (DCST)

This has been funded by the Doncaster Opportunity Area. All schools are eligible for this support.

DCST are currently recruiting mentors for a mentoring programme due to start in May 2019.

Mentors will work from the lifelong links model and will be aligned with a child or young person for at least two years. We are targeting those children and young people who are struggling, or may struggle, with the transition from primary to secondary education. For more information contact Cheryl Blackett –

National Citizenship Service (NCS)

This has been funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government. Secondary schools are eligible for support from the NCS Trust and some vulnerable pupils may be able to access the programme for free.

NCS supports the development of the 16-17 year olds who take part in NCS over the Summer in terms of confidence, teamwork, leadership and has been shown to positively influence university destinations amongst those from the lowest socio-economic backgrounds. NCS can also support the DfE’s FIve Foundations of Character. Furthermore, evidence of strong engagement with NCS can be used to show how schools are meeting the proposed ‘Personal Development’ judgement under the new Ofsted framework due to come into play in September 2019.

To see how your school could get involved contact Jan Budtz at