Broadening Horizons

Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC)

We are working in partnership with the Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) to ensure all secondary students in Derby experience at least 4 meaningful employer encounters throughout the lifetime of the programme; increasing students’ knowledge about career opportunities in the city and how to access them.

Careers Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG)

Key research and analysis that will lay the foundations for a long-term careers strategy for Derby schools. This work will build on and strengthen the work of the Enterprise Adviser Network and establish a baseline of current performance including identification of gaps, duplication and best practice.

Essential Life Skills (2018/19)

In academic year 2018/19 we funded a range of Essential Life Skill (ELS) activities. Including:

  • This is Derby – A grant, awarded to Derby County Community Trust, to lead a consortium of organisations, to provide Derby’s schools and college with access to culture, arts, sports and leisure activities. Activity was delivered across 10 hubs centred on areas of deprivation, and including one SEND hub,
  • 22 small grants to a number of organisations and schools to deliver  a variety of extra-curricular activities across the city, and;
  • Funding directly to schools and the college to provide extra circular activities.

This Is Derby 2.0

An extension to This is Derby, building on last years sports offer in five or the original ten hubs (Sinfin; Arboretum/Normanton; Derwent; and SEND.

This Is Derby 2.0 will focus on continuing sports as a vehicle for enhancing life skills and improving on social mobility, complimenting Derby theatres arts council funded programme, which will maintain the arts offer in target hubs. More information below. To find out more about This Is Derby, visit:

Arts Council Youth Performance Partnerships Fund

Derby OA has provided a proportion of match funding to support Derby Theatres £1m bid to Arts Council. This project will build on the arts offer as part of This is Derby focusing on 5 hubs and aiming to support 2,000 children and young people over three years (

STEAM Grants

Through Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) grants, we are funding a range of activities to help early years’ providers, schools, colleges and learning providers improve STEAM outcomes. The grants will also help create STEAM partnerships between learning providers, improve employability skills and achieve a better gender balance in children and young people following STEAM subjects.

9 projects were awarded funding in 18/19. An additional 11 grants have been approved for academic year 19/20. ls

Derby Scholars

A programme to build a network of high attaining ‘scholars’ across the city to take part in activities, such as homework clubs and University visits, to address and breakdown barriers preventing them from achieving the highest grades and making successful applications to high tariff institutions such as Oxbridge. The programme is targeting the most able disadvantaged pupils across Derby city.

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