Pupils in Hastings are less likely to progress into sustained further education than students nationally. This gap has widened for disadvantaged pupils with 49% of those in Hastings progressing into sustained further education compared to 65% of disadvantaged pupils nationally.
The same is true of those students going on to high-performing universities; only 8% of all pupils in Hastings progressed to the top third universities, compared to 17% nationally. Disadvantaged pupils in Hastings were also less likely to progress into sustained education, employment or training at age nineteen than their peers nationally.
Our Broadening Horizons team are working with local schools, community organisations and local employers to tackle these issues by engaging all children and young people in enrichment activities, and developing significantly improved careers experience for all.
Free enrichment activities available to all
Regular participation in enrichment activities such as music, sport, arts and outdoor pursuits helps develop wider skills such as resilience, commitment, motivation, teamwork and communication skills and will help prepare young people for life and work.
These are experiences beyond the academic curriculum which have long been cultivated by the best state and independent schools. We have heard from young people on the Hastings Youth Council that they need more extra-curricular activities to develop wider ‘life’ skills.
We know that some young people don’t access the many assets the area offers: from the rich cultural offering of theatres, museums and arts venues, to the seaside and surrounding countryside. In response to this, we have invested in the following areas:
Over the 2018 Summer Holidays, we worked with 9 organisations to fund and provide activities for over 700 children in areas with higher proportions of disadvantaged children and young people.
We are supporting and funding all schools and colleges in Hastings to provide additional free enrichment activities, aimed in particular at engaging with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
We are working with local organisations to deliver a range of free activities focused on enabling children and young people, who might not typically take part in enrichment activities. Partners include the Jerwood Gallery, Culture Shift and Active Hastings.
More encounters with careers and the professional world
It is vital for young people to have meaningful encounters with the world of work, to broaden their understanding of employment sectors, and create a foundation of belief that these pathways are attainable to them. Research from the Education and Employers Taskforce shows that a young person who has four or more encounters with an employer is 86% less likely to be unemployed or not in education or training, and can earn up to 18% more during their career. We are investing in:
Nine ‘cornerstone’ local employers have been appointed to work with the Careers Enterprise Company to create four meaningful employment encounters for all 5,000 secondary school children in Hastings.
An annual immersive careers day each November since 2018, where we work with local businesses and professionals to set up 44 half day work placements for around 400 year ten & elevens from Hastings.