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.