Priority 3: broadening horizons

Our aim: to ensure all our children benefit from a broad range of experiences throughout their school lives.

Our targets

  • young people in Derby are more knowledgeable about opportunities for personal development and more confident about accessing them locally.
  • higher numbers of young people aiming for careers in key skills areas for Derby (as identified by the Local Enterprise Partnership)
  • increased opportunities for children and young people to participate in culture, leisure and sport

Why this is a priority?

Discussions with local partners have highlighted that many children and young people in Derby have limited access to opportunities that could help them grow in confidence, expand their understanding of the wider world, and develop both their career aspirations and ability to realise them.

This lack of social and cultural capital can have a number of consequences, including disengagement from education, low confidence and social alienation, and may be reflected in the higher than average unauthorised absence rate among Derby’s children.

We want to support schools to access and better target appropriate extra-curricular opportunities. Large, medium and small businesses in Derby are keen to support children and young people, by working with schools and the college, and both schools and employers agree that they would like engagement to start early, in primary school, so that children build their understanding and ambition.

In addition to a focus on improving employer links, the partnership board will also ensure Derby’s children and young people have better access to sports, culture and the arts.

What are we doing?

We have worked with a range of employers and partners in the arts and cultural sectors to broaden the experience of all Derby’s children.

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