The Mohn Westlake Foundation is supporting The Reach Foundation to develop the Reach Children’s Hub, an innovative new charitable initiative providing a wide range of activities to support children, young people and families in Feltham.
Feltham Futures Project
The Feltham Futures Project was launched in January 2018 to support young people in Feltham to career and education pathways that will enable them to live lives of choice and opportunity. Over 1,000 young people from four schools in Feltham have taken part in at least one intervention since then, with many engaging in multiple interventions. These include 1:1 sessions regarding their future options; group assemblies delivered on University, apprenticeships and other post-school pathways; GCSE option choices support; widening participation trips; and the Reach Community Careers Fair.
The Feltham Futures project has supported the university access of students at Reach Academy.
- 80.6% of the first Year 13 cohort live in areas providing disproportionately low progression to university.
- 96.1% of Year 13 cohort have received offers to progress to university, with
- 52% selecting Russell Group universities as their firm choice.
The project has also offered support to students at risk of becoming NEET (Not in Education, Employment or training) by delivering 1:1 Sessions for 20 students in Year 11 identified as being at risk of becoming NEET; provided targeted results day support for young people who had missed offers for first choice route; and offered ongoing mentoring support for two students from Feltham no longer part of Reach Academy, identified as high risk of becoming NEET.
Feltham Futures has fostered collaboration with other schools locally, delivering assemblies with 90 students at the Rivers Academy on progression to Higher Education. Over 100 students at Springwest School attended an assembly on apprenticeship pathways after school, while 20 Year 13 students at the Logic Studio school received 1:1 support with personal statement drafting. In July 2018 Feltham Futures was successful in winning the Aimhigher Practitioners' Award for Outstanding Contribution and Collaboration as part of its work with the National Collaborative Outreach Programme.
Feltham Futures has also launched an innovative ten-year widening participation project with Kingston University, working with Reach Academy Year 5 students, and has also built partnerships with widening participation teams in Queen Mary's, the University of West London, and the University of Cambridge – Feltham Futures students have been able to attend events, workshops or information sessions at all of these Universities.
In partnership with Career Ready, Feltham Futures has offered targeted support for 23 Year 12 students identified as those likely to be `middle attainers' who may seek employment at the end of sixth form, rather than university study. 56 students across Reach Academy and Logic School will have undertaken paid work placements for four to six periods at organisations such as BP and Quantum Black by August 2019.
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