Essential Life Skills – Youth Social Action

We team up with the Two Ridings Community Foundation to support more young people to take part in social action in the area. This was match-funded through the #iwill fund and forms part of our investment in the area through the Essential Life Skills Fund.

Here are the projects we have been able to support:

Art Therapy Yorkshire – an arts project with young people at risk of homelessness, this will enable them to build confidence and display their work as part of the wider Coastival festival.

Scarborough & District Citizens Advice Bureau – training for young people through a volunteering advice programme.

Sleight’s Area Men’s Shed – support for engagement with local schools to develop a social action programme around a ‘youth shed’

Coventry University Scarborough Student Union – funding for the students to develop a social action project in Scarborough.

Scarborough YMCA – personal development sessions for young people to encourage socially and politically active young people that are engaged with their communities.

Futureworks NY – a programme of personal development sessions and activities aimed at disadvantaged young people to build confidence and encourage participation in volunteering.

Scarborough & Ryedale Carers Resource – support for the young participants of the Youth Council in their campaign to promote awareness around young people’s mental health.

Jobs of the Future

We teamed up with the National Careers Service to produce Labour Market Information (LMI) materials for young people across schools in Scarborough, Whitby and Filey.

The resources linked to this leaflet are available to all school to help provide young people with information, advice and guidance to progress into learning, training and employment.

You can access the leaflet here.

UK / China Maths Teacher Exchange

In January 2019 Northstead will be hosting 2 teachers from Shanghai as part of the UK China teacher exchange organised by the NCETM and DfE. This is an opportunity for schools to observe highly effective Teaching for Mastery in a school context without travelling great distances.

Some dates are specific to schools in the OA and some are open to schools across the region.

For Schools in the Opportunity Area
Monday 21st January (pm) – Lesson observation available to Headteachers/maths leaders
Wednesday 23rd (am) – Lesson observation available to Headteachers/maths leaders

For Schools in the region
Tuesday 22nd (pm) – showcase lesson open to colleagues from school across the region
Wednesday 23rd (pm) – showcase lesson open to colleagues from school across the region



Implementation Guidance CPD

We are funding two CPD opportunities based on the EEF’s Guidance report – A School’s Guide to Implementation.

This professional development programme gives time and support to practically apply the evidence to create sustained change. The training is 3 full days, supported by individual in-school coaching sessions. The outcome will be an evidence-informed School Development Plan for the 2019/20 Academic Year. More here.

For those wanting a bite-sized introduction, twilight sessions are being held for teachers and school leaders interesting in developing a better understanding of how to make practical changes to their classroom practice. Sessions are in Whitby (23 Jan 2019 4pm – 5.30pm) and Scarborough (26th June 4pm – 5.30pm) More here.

For more information and to book, please email

Maths CPD Available

The Education Endowment Foundation’s Improving Mathematics in Key Stages 2 and report recommends that schools should ‘use structured interventions to provide additional support’ when pupils need to catch up.

Free mathematics intervention training is available for all schools in the Opportunity Area. There are training opportunities for a variety of evidence based interventions from KS1 – KS3, including both keep-up and catch-up interventions. These interventions meet all of the EEF’s report’s criteria for an effective intervention.

Signing-up to the training will include free resource packs to use in school and supply funding will be paid for teachers attending the training on completion of the course. Further details and links to the sign-up pages are included here.

There is a deadline of 11th December for signing-up for some of these courses as we need sufficient time to order resource packs from Edge Hill University.