Online platform matches schools with youth programmes
When Natalie Richards saw the desperation of young people during the London riots, she wanted to do something to help. “I can’t turn on the TV and see the problems of young people and not be part of the solution,” she says.
Disadvantaged young people across the UK come across a myriad of challenges. From knife crime to lack of education and career opportunities, it all adds up. 60% of young people who qualify for free school meals in England achieve less than five A to C grades at GCSE level, and are more likely to suffer social exclusion, especially in terms of unemployment.
That’s why Richards established EduKit – a social enterprise that provides a free online platform to match schools and their pupils to highly rated youth programmes that will improve opportunities for kids from underprivileged backgrounds.
For the first time, EduKit compiled a database of providers that work to tackle education inequality and increase attainment through extra-curricular activities, with ratings from teachers, and in some cases funding opportunities for schools to help pay for the services.
800 providers have been listed so far, and Richards believes there is no pupil EduKit can’t help, from improving STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) skills to sports training to gifted and talented programmes. High-profile partners include Jamie’s Fifteen Foundation, the Prince’s Trust, and even the Premier League. The initiative is gaining traction fast – EduKit has already won five awards, including from the Department for Education and UnLtd Big Venture Challenge.
If you’re a teacher looking to help your pupils, or a provider of extra-curricular services, EduKit would love to hear from you. Find out more at www.edukit.org.uk
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Last updated: 22nd of August, 2016