Project information

Youth Achievement Foundations

UK Youth wants to expand on an innovative and transformational educational approach that supports young people at risk of exclusion from school. We are looking for new partners and providers to scale up on the 12 Foundations already established so we can reach more young people across the UK.

April 2008 - December 2016

Charity information: UK Youth

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  • Need


    Despite numerous policy initiatives, the number of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) has remained stubbornly high over the past decade. About 10% leave secondary education with fewer than five GCSEs of any grade, 30,000 leave school with no formal qualifications and nearly a million young people are NEET. Those who fail to develop their potential during their teenage years are more likely to experience unemployment, mental health problems, low pay & self-esteem, crime


    UK Youth & 7KS College have developed a proven alternative curriculum model that is successful in meeting the needs of disadvantaged hard-to-reach learners and providing better outcomes & key skills. Basic numeracy, literacy and ICT are maintained alongside accredited activities geared towards an individuals needs and interests. Case studies and independant evaluation shows it works - by expanding the provision we have the potential to reach far more young people.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Gain new partners/providers to establish x YAF's to serve y young people by z


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    What success will look like

    Success will be x YAF's up and running with new providers/partners in key areas serving y people by z. Contact

    Aim 2

    Of y people attending, ...will go on to further education, training, employment


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    What success will look like

    Stats to follow, contact

  • Impact


    By building the network of YAF's and using this alternative curriculum approach we will raise the aspirations, realise the potential and give accreditation to thousands of young people in the UK who may otherwise have had a bleak future. We will monitor, record and publicise the figures and success of individual YAF's, and collectively, and use this to demonstration of success as a means of lobbying, attracting more supporrt and access for those that need it most.


    A risk is that not enough schools or LEA's buying into the YAF provision or seeing PRU's as the answer, hence the programme could stall. To address this, UK Youth actively markets YAF's (with partners) to show the results and costs savings compared to alternatives like PRU's.


    Quarterly reports via email, newsletters, invitations to events and tours of the YAF facilities and to meet users.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £1,000,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,000,000 YAF x 10 Set up costs for establishing 10 more YAF's

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Various trusts £10,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    10 more YAF's all over the UK to add to existing 12. UK Youth's HQ base is at Avon Tyrrell in the New Forest where a YAF is located. Please visit the UK Youth website to view locations and details of present YAF's. We have a focus on where research shows the new YAF's may be needed but are keen to find out about other areas where young people could really benefit.


    Each YAF will engage and benefit the most disadvantaged young people locally aged 13–19, work with minority groups, provide an alternative educational pathway with accredited learning outcomes, better attendance rates, create & bring together local delivery partnerships and benefit the skills of youth work and learning support mentors. The project will ultimately benefit local communities and wider society by helping such young people, with a more positive transition to adulthood.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    UK Youth has a 100 year history of working for and with young people, our innovative programmes are developed by the users. We have a great track record of delivering projects on time and within budget and partnership working to ensure success. We recognise for this wider YAF project we need to work in new partnerships with many organisations but again, as we have shown with the CIC '7KS' in developing the existing YAF's, this is achievable and the results confirmed by independant evaluation.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Stephen Turner

    Director, YAF Programme

    David King

    UK Youth Curriculum Development Manager


pays for a young person at a YAF for a year

Outstanding Provision

Offsted 2009