Mathematics for Early Years

CPD opportunity!

Mathematics for Early Years Practitioners; a 4 day workgroup
This course addresses teaching for mastery in the Early years aiming to ensure that firm mathematical foundations are developed and embedded ready for learning in year 1 and beyond.

Cost: Free!

Course start date: 10th October

Location: York

Further information can be found in this flyer or the application form or please contact Matt Davies, assistant maths hub lead:

Essential Life Skills – Round 2 Awards

More funding has been allocated to projects from the Essential Life Skills Fund to support young people across Scarborough, Whitby and Filey to take part in regular extra-curricular activities.

Animated Objects will be running a series of project based arts skills sessions for young people building artistic and personal skills. Sessions will include: large scale art, Construction skills, Lantern Making, Animation, Textiles, Sculpture, and Digital Art Skills.

Futureworks will provide a number of practical and physical activities to help young people develop their confidence and other vital life skills.

Gallows Close Centre will provide a range of activities for children and young people exposing them to new skills and experiences in an environment they feel comfortable with. Activities will includes: mixed martial arts, gymnastics and street dance.

Gladstone Road Primary School will help pupils to connect with their natural environment through after-school, lunch time and full day sessions

Invisible Dust will work with North Yorkshire Libraries to create a new extra-curricular digital project. This project will support young people to become more confident by developing creative, digital and communication skills.

Kingdom Faith’s Youth Angels will provide more support for young people to overcome low self-esteem, bullying and low self-confidence.

Krash Labs will provide a weekly after-school session across the area. Sessions will focus on how computer gaming can help young people to explore more creative digital skills such as programming, digital art, digital music and animation.

NYBEP will support groups of young people to discover hidden talents, connect with the outdoors and understand the world of work. This will take place through workshops, masterclasses, skills sessions and employer led challenges.

‘Team Street Stars’ young people will access enriching new outdoor physical activities which help to promote learning, emotional and social advancements in an alternative setting which they may not be able to access independently. This may include: theatre, the arts, museums and cultural trips.

Sidewalk Youth Project will deliver mentoring opportunities, as well as support young people to take part in social action as part of ongoing community development.

Scarborough and Ryedale Young Carers Resource will provide support to a group of young carers to overcome the barriers to participating in extra-curricular activities.

The Wave Project will deliver a programme of surf therapy supported by local volunteer surf mentors. They will also run weekly surf club sessions to provide regular extra-curricular activities.

Secretary of State in Town

Secretary of State for Education, Damian Hinds, visited Coventry University Scarborough yesterday, where he met with members of the our Partnership Board over a lunch to discuss progress with the programme so far. Board members discussed early developments with projects in priority areas including early years development, maths and literacy. Board members were also open about the continued challenges with effective implementation in an ambitious, but time-limited, programme.

The Secretary of State went on to meet a group of young people who will be supported by our Essential Life Skills fund, and listened to their experiences of school, their ambitions for the future and their concerns as young people growing up in the area.

Chair of the North Yorkshire Coast Opportunity Area Partnership Board, Sir Martin Narey, said:

“I’m delighted the Secretary of State is visiting the North Yorkshire Coast Opportunity Area to see the efforts we are making to improve social mobility along the coast.

“I know that improving social mobility has long been a priority for this Education Secretary, and I want him to see the encouraging progress we are making. Too many children along the coast do not fulfil their potential. The Opportunity Board, all volunteers and which I chair, is determined to address that.”


We are partnering with the Two Ridings Community Foundation to match fund #iwill for applicants from Scarborough, Whitby and Filey.

The #iwill fund seeks to increase volunteering in young people by 50% by 2020, this could be through encouraging young people to fundraise, volunteer or campaign for your worthy cause.

The fund has supported a variety of organisations that involve youth at the heart of the project. One example is Selby District Youth Wellbeing Fund; young people at Selby College recognised the gaps in mental health provision and requested funding to help them campaign for more resources and to educate young people on where to go for support. Another example is Scarborough and Ryedale Carers Resource Centre, they applied for funding to enable them to convene a youth council that would collate the thoughts of young carers and raise awareness of both the good and the problems they may face.

Organisations do not have to be a youth organisation but the project should be youth led and have a focus on young people.

The Two Ridings Community Foundation are holding events in Scarborough and Whitby on Thursday 6th September 2018 for applicants and potential applicants of the #iwill scheme. This will be to discuss potential projects and offer support through the application process. Please email to register your interest in this event.

Scarborough – CU Scarborough, Ashburn Rd, Scarborough YO11 2JW. Arrive from 2:00pm for a 2:30pm start. The event will finish by 4:00pm.

Whitby – Little Beck Village Hall, Littlebeck Bank, Whitby YO22 5HA.  Arrive at 5:00pm  for a 5:30pm start. The event will finish by 7:00pm.

June 2018 Board Meeting

The programme’s Partnership Board met on 8th June at Ebor Filey Academy for June’s board meeting.

In addition to a presentation of the impact evaluation of the programme to be undertaken by York consulting, funding was approved for the following projects:

  • Support for Teach First placements in the area which will help to bring new teachers to the profession and our schools. This will cover 90% of the year 1 fees for placements, as well as provide an innovation award to invest in approaches that help to retain staff.
  • The launch of a programme of events that focus on the promotion of maths and numeracy. These events will be for teachers, students and parents and aim to develop a love of maths and a recognition of the importance of maths skills throughout life.
  • £26k to provide training based on the recent EEF report on effective implementation, supporting participants to understand its principles and then apply these rigorously in the delivery of projects and school improvement.
  • Funding to support the creation of a central web based curriculum and labour market information portal for 16-18 provision and support the development of a common application process across all post 16 providers in the area.