ReachOut’s Impact

Through our two one-to-one mentoring programmes, the ReachOut Club and ReachOut Academy, we help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds build their character, confidence and academic skills, and set them on the path to go on to live good, happy and successful lives.

THE CONTEXT

REACHOUT HELPS YOUNG PEOPLE IMPROVE THEIR LIFE CHANCES

Poorer students in the UK are almost three full years behind students from wealthier socio economic backgrounds.

Young people who qualify for Pupil Premium are twice as likely to be NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) after completing their GCSEs compared to their peers. Students who are NEET 6 months after leaving secondary education cost an average of £56k to the economy over their lifetime.

At ReachOut, we understand the challenges young people face, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds. That is why all our mentees are referred to us by their teachers, so we know we are helping those who are most at risk of being marginalised.

That’s why in 2018-2019:

The regions ReachOut operated in have higher rates of pupils on Free School Meals than the rest of England

56% of young people ReachOut worked with are Pupil Premium beneficiaries.

Teachers reported that 72% of our young people developed their character strengths (Staying Power, Self-Control, Good Judgement and Fairness).

We delivered 199 career activities to our young people (Work Experience Visits and Classroom Career Talks)

Read our impact reports to learn more about what we achieved:

“Teachers have noticed that pupils have become more confident, vocal and are now more involved in school life. For example, a few mentees have now taken up positions on our sports teams as well as being a part of the debate team, where issues are discussed with passion."

KEVIN FOSTER
Teacher at St Luke’s Church of England Primary School, Manchester.

HOW WE HELP YOUNG PEOPLE

OUR THEORY OF CHANGE

Our Theory of Change informs our programme design and allows us to focus on identifying the types of activities that will lead to achieving our overall aim for our young people to go on to lead good, happy and successful lives.

THROUGH
ONE-TO-ONE MENTORING

Through our two one-to-one mentoring programmes, the ReachOut Club (Year 5 & 6) and ReachOut Academy (Year 7 – 11), we help young people build their character, confidence and academic skills, and set them on the path to go onto live good, happy and successful lives.

BROADENING HORIZONS THROUGH WORKPLACE EXPERIENCE VISITS

Research from the Education and Employers Taskforce found that a young person who has four or more meaningful encounters with an employer is 86% less likely to be NEET and can earn up to 22% more during their career.

As schools face ever greate demands on their resources, ReachOut is an ideal partner to help support their pupils’ personal development and understanding of the world beyond the school.

“Our Year 6 pupils’ Workplace Experience visit to Macquarie Group was fantastic! It was a really good opportunity to speak to the staff at Macquarie and ask them questions about how they ended up getting jobs in a place like that, and the kids were so impressed to go to such an amazing building! I think it gives children positive ideas and ambitions about what job prospects they could have when they get older"

Senior Learning Mentor
Jubilee Primary School, London

OUR FOCUS ON CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT

Staying Power

Self-Control

Fairness

Good Judgement

We work through our ReachOut Character Journey with all our young people. This teaches them what character is, helps them to choose to be their best self, gives them opportunities to practise our Character strengths and to reflect regularly, so that they can see their success, where they have grown, and identify pathways to achieving their goals.

ReachOut’s mentors and staff build strong, positive relationships with our mentees. By encouraging our mentees to articulate their ideas and thoughts and through academic work, we help build their communication skills as well as academic and social confidence.

This all helps to create strong positive outcomes for our young people. Improved grades, bigger ideas, increased belief and better decisions all come together to help our mentees be the best they can be, irrespective of where they started.

Character development is recognised as essential for young people’s progress, and the Department of Education now has Character Benchmarks to help schools make sure they are delivering this essential part of young people’s education.