Critical enabling themes

In addition to our 4 key priorities, there are a number of critical enabling themes that underpin our broader work. These are vital to improving social mobility for children, families and communities in the area.

  1. Skills for employment and professional development
  2. Ambition and aspiration
  3. An outstanding education workforce
  4. Children and young people’s mental health

Skills for employment and professional development

The challenge:

  • Only around half (54%) of young people on the North Yorkshire Coast gain a level 3 qualification (such as GCSEs) by the age of 19 (compared to 57% nationally).
  • There are high levels of drop out from programmes for young people aged 17 and 18, indicating that they are not accessing the option that is right for them.
  • It is important for young people to gain skills that will help them to engage effectively with the world of work. These include problem-solving, resilience, team work and communication skills.

What we are doing:

  1. A more integrated post-16 tertiary offer: We will work with the existing Learning and Skills Post-16 group to deliver a more integrated and sustainable offer that aligns provision with the Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) priorities, builds collaboration with other post-16 providers and monitors implementation locally.
  2. Sharing good practice in English and maths: Post-16 providers in the area are showing impressive levels of success in supporting young people who have not secured a good pass in English and maths whilst at school. We will encourage post-16 providers to share their learning and good practice with secondary schools. This will help young people gain the English and maths skills they need to broaden their post-16 education options.
  3. Better post-16 maths pathways: The maths hub is working collaboratively with providers to develop and bring better post-16 maths programmes to the area, including core maths (a more practical problem solving maths curriculum).
  4. Essential Life Skills: We are helping young people, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds and with SEND, to develop important life skills through access to regular and high-quality extra-curricular activities in their communities.

Ambition and aspiration

The challenge:

  • Results from the ‘Growing Up in North Yorkshire’ survey show that young people in Scarborough feel less positive about their future, aspirations and ambition and how well their schools and colleges support this than in North Yorkshire as a whole.
  • Take up of National Citizen Service has been weak in the area, markedly lower than national levels.
  • Many young people do not access the many assets the area offers: from the seaside and surrounding countryside to the theatres and arts venues.
  • There are unprecedented economic opportunities on the North Yorkshire Coast. We must ensure that young people have a direct line of sight to these opportunities, have the self-belief to achieve their ambitions and ultimately take up these highly paid jobs.
  • We need to do more to inspire ambition and aspiration in our communities and open the doors to the assets which belong to them as residents of this area.

What we are doing:

  1. Employment encounters: We’re working with the Careers and Enterprise Company to ensure that every young person has at least 4 high quality encounters with businesses and have put in place an enterprise coordinator service with funding for all secondary schools in the area.
  2. SEND pathways: We are working with the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTI) to deliver a short, targeted programme of activities to help to raise the level of ambition in NYC for the progression of young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) into work and/or work related training.
  3. STEM: We are ensuring that schools participate in activities that encourage careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) related industries such as Scarborough Engineering Week.
  4. NCS Coordinators: A co-ordinator has been placed in every school to encourage more participation in National Citizen Service.
  5. National Collaborative Outreach Programme: This is supporting young people from low participation areas to access higher education, delivered through the Higher York partnership. We are also exploring wider links with the most selective universities to open up opportunities for young people from the area with high potential.
  6. Saturday Club: A Saturday Club will be put in place to develop the ambition of young people with interest in art and design, supported by the Arts Council England,
  7. Children’s University: We will support more children from disadvantaged backgrounds to participate in the Children’s University, which opens up local experiences to them. We will also work with our Arts Council bridge organisation to provide access to wider arts and cultural experiences for the children and young people of the area.


An outstanding education workforce

The challenge:

  • Stakeholders have reported difficulties in attracting and developing a strong field of candidates for teaching posts in the area and attracting good teachers.
  • Improving strategies for attracting and retaining talent is critical in the area.

What we are doing:

  1. Talent Management: We are continuing to support work started under the Scarborough Pledge to help schools develop recruitment strategies and stronger recruitment campaigns that capture more candidates’ attention and interest. We will take professional advice on how to better market our schools, and the area, to help headteachers attract and retain the very best staff.
  2. TLIF programmes: The area is benefiting from 3 Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund (TLIF) programmes to develop the teaching and leadership workforce.
  3. National Professional Qualifications: The area is benefitting from up to 40 fully funded places on new National Professional Qualifications at middle, senior, head and executive headteacher level.
  4. National Speakers Programme: We are hosting a series of events bringing high profile speakers to the area to inspire and raise the esteem of the children and young people’s workforce and teaching profession.

Children and young people’s mental health

The challenge:

  • 1260 children and young people in the North Yorkshire Coast live with mental health disorders, according to Public Health England data for 2014. This is slightly above national and regional prevalence.
  • The ‘Growing up in North Yorkshire’ survey highlights that children on the coast have lower levels of resilience compared to their peers in the wider county, though the gap is narrowing.
  • An Academic Resilience project delivered in the area in 2016/17 has had a positive impact in primary schools in the area, as evaluated by the University of York.

What we are doing:

  • Mental Health First Aid training: All secondary schools in the area have received Mental Health First Aid training.
  • Academic Resilience programme: We are expanding the pilot approach towards developing academic resilience and emotional well being that was piloted in Whitby to all schools in the area.
  • Department for Education pilots: Schools in the area will be invited to participate in pilot activity being developed by the department including the Mental Health Services and Schools Link Programme.
  • The Compass Project: The Compass Project, developed and funded by partners in North Yorkshire (Clinical Commissioning Groups and Local Authorities), will expand mental health provision for young people across the Opportunity Area, in a school centred service.