Better Futures for Disadvantaged Young People in Wales

by The Bevan Foundation

About the project


Tipping Point £2,000
Nearly there £4,000
Final Goal £5,000
tipping point
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!
tipping point
25 hrs
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!

More about the project

What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?

Young people from low-income families are only half as likely to get good qualifications at the age of 16 as young people from better-off homes. Often this is not the fault of the young person - illness, family problems or poor quality teaching can all affect how well they do at school. Without good GCSEs it is much more difficult for young people to get the skills and jobs to get on later in life. This damages their prospects and is also a waste of talent and potential. 

Can you give us some statistics on this problem?

In Wales in 2015:

  • 31.6% of pupils eligible for Free School Meals attained 5 or more GCSEs at grade C or above including English or Welsh and Maths
  • 64.1% of pupils not eligible for Free School Meals reached this level.

What is your solution?

We will listen to the experiences of young people and use these along with statistics on qualifications and expert research to generate new opportunities for these young people. We will persuade government, local authorities, schools, colleges and youth groups of the need for action, which will make a big difference to the futures of Wales’ young people. 

How will you deliver this?

We have more than ten years of experience in developing practical solutions to social problems in Wales and in persuading government and others to take action.

We will listen to young people to find out what their experiences when they completed their compulsory schooling and what they thought of the options available to them at age 16. We will listen to their aspirations for the future, and come up with workable solutions to change education and learning provision for 16-24 year-olds to meet them.

We will work with young people to persuade government and providers of education of the need for change. 

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About the organisation

Vision and mission

Our vision is of a fair, prosperous and sustainable Wales, where everyone has a decent quality of life and good opportunities no matter who they are. Our mission is to generate 100 new ideas to change Wales and improve people’s lives. We draw on evidence such as statistics and people’s experiences, to inform our solutions, and we persuade governments, public bodies, the third sector, businesses and individuals to take action. Our values are high standards, independence and transparency in everything we do, and to operate without fear or favour.

Geographical coverage

Within UK

Our track record

In 2015/16 we produced 5 major reports, 13 briefings and consultation responses and 44 online articles. 500 people came to our events and we made keynote speeches to a further 500 senior leaders. We gave expert evidence to National Assembly for Wales enquiries, were quoted in the media at least once a month, and were mentioned in Assembly debates at least bi-monthly. Our ideas are being taken up by Welsh Ministers and public bodies.

Who do we help?

All people in Wales especially people experiencing inequality and injustice.

How do we deliver this?

We generate innovative, practical solutions and we persuade governments, public bodies, businesses and individuals to change what they do.