Raising aspiration by increasing access for young people to a wide range of career and post-16 options

Why this is an issue

Travel time is a considerable barrier to educational choice in Fenland and East Cambridgeshire. Pupils often attend the provision closest to them rather than schools and colleges where they are most likely to achieve their potential.

There are a limited number of higher-level apprenticeships available in Fenland and East Cambridgeshire, and the proportion of pupils going on to UK higher education is low.

What we will do

  • work with post-16 providers to improve the accessibility and choices for young people
  • match each secondary school with an enterprise advisor and will work with the schools’ senior teams to develop a careers and enterprise plan
  • provide careers training for up to 4 staff in each secondary school or special school with secondary provision
  • trial a pathway programme for year 8 pupils to help understand their options for future education and careers

Our targets

  • by 2021, all secondary schools will achieve at least 6 of the 8 Gatsby benchmarks
  • by 2021, 60% of young people will progress to an apprenticeship or higher education institution
  • by 2021, 90% of disadvantaged young people will be in a sustained positive destination for at least the first 2 terms after finishing key stage 5