How is youth work helping to close the attainment gap?

The Youth Work & Schools Partnerships Programme is looking for youth work organisations and youth clubs who would like to work with us, to show how youth work is helping to close the poverty related attainment gap.

We know #youthworkchangeslives. That youth work helps young people develop the skills for learning, life and work. And that youth work is often a crucial partner in closing the attainment gap for young people who are most vulnerable – including those affected by poverty.

We want to strengthen recognition of youth work’s contribution to closing the poverty related attainment gap – to increase opportunities for collaboration with schools and funding.

Measuring and communicating impact is key. But we don’t always speak the same language as schools and formal education doesn’t always understand the value of youth work’s outcomes.

We can provide tailored support to measure and communicate the impact of your work to schools, including:

  • Using the youth work outcomes to measure impact relating to the Scottish Attainment Challenge.
  • Developing joint self-evaluation with schools.
  • Developing and select the right evaluation tools and processes for your work.
  • Analysing qualitative and quantitative data.
  • How to communicate your impact to formal education.

If you believe your organisation could benefit from this kind of support, or you already have strong partnerships with education in place and are willing to share practice, please get in touch with Julian Burton at or 0131 313 2488.

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