Plan Launched to Increase Education and Skills on North Yorkshire Coast

The North Yorkshire Coast is set to benefit from a partnership of education, business and communities working together to improve the aspirations of its young people.

The Opportunity Areas programme targets areas of the UK which face the greatest challenges in relation to social mobility. It’s recently launched the North Yorkshire Coast delivery plan, to direct how these challenges can be overcome.  The delivery plans supports the LEP’s aspiration to improve careers advice for young people, by linking schools to businesses. We’re working with our partners in the Opportunity Area, to give young people the right knowledge and skills at the right time through great experiences that are linked to business.

Annabel Jelley, Head of Skills at the Enterprise Partnership said;

“This is a time of unprecedented economic opportunities on the North Yorkshire Coast with many thriving businesses requiring a highly skilled and qualified workforce. The partnerships we develop through the Opportunity Area work will 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’’

The North Yorkshire Coast Opportunity Area is one of 12 across the country. It covers Scarborough, Whitby and Filey and has already kick-started the programme with a number of key initiatives:

  • A maths centre and literacy campaign to build leadership along the coast.
  • Speech and language therapists working in schools to improve language development, kick-started by the Scarborough Pledge initiative.
  • More than £100,000 invested in secondary schools to support students to access at least four high quality encounters with the world of work.
  • Settrington All Saints Church of England Primary School – a member of the Esk Valley Teaching Schools Alliance, has been appointed the North Yorkshire Coast Research School.  This will champion the use of evidence of what works to improve teaching across the area.  The initiative is backed by the Education Endowment Foundation and the Institute of Effective Education;

Our Opportunity Area Chair, Sir Martin Narey DL, a government adviser on children’s social care and chief executive of Bernardo’s, lives on the North Yorkshire coast and is deeply committed to the area.

He said: “This plan will help children and young people perform better at each stage of their education and will foster greater ambition and aspiration in our communities. I look forward to leading this work locally and to working with the dedicated professionals who will deliver this plan.”

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