Achieve is part of Anglo American’s Thriving Communities programme designed to deliver long-lasting benefits in the boroughs of Redcar & Cleveland and Scarborough, and the North York Moors National Park.  It is co-funded by Anglo American and its charitable organisation, the Woodsmith Foundation.

North Yorkshire Together is delivering part of the Achieve programme in North Yorkshire.

Disadvantaged young people in the region do not have the same chances and choices to succeed in their learning and personal development as their non-disadvantaged peers. The ambition for Achieve is to equip disadvantaged secondary-aged students to achieve their potential by supporting their personal development, connections to aspirations, and improving learning and attainment.

In its fullness, Achieve has three strands:

1. Achieve: targeted, immersive support for an identified cohort (and their parents/carers/families) of 25 to 30 young people from each of 6 pilot schools across a three-year period
2. Achieve Support: wider support for our 6 pilot schools
3. Achieve Connect: CPD and school improvement offer for all 18 secondary schools

North Yorkshire Together is leading the delivery of strand 1, Achieve, in 4 of the 6 pilot schools: George Pindar School, Scalby School, Caedmon College and Eskdale School.

North Yorkshire Together’s delivery includes:


Fortnightly professional mentoring for each student, which will encourage participation in the programme and extra-curricular provision, understand students’ interests and barriers and provide issue-based interventions. During mentoring sessions, young people will record their reflections on the programme on a digital ‘cultural passport’ developed by the Children’s’ University.

Extra-curricular activities

Access to a range of extra-curricular activities, initially based around physical activity, arts participation, outdoor adventure learning/experiences and interventions to realise aspirations. Over time they will be shaped by the interests of the cohort themselves and will ultimately lead to social action projects. Activities will be delivered by North Yorkshire Together staff, external providers, and over time, school staff will be supported to develop and lead sessions themselves.

Trips and visits plus outdoor residential experience

The Achieve cohort will be offered a themed trip (educational, cultural, or recreational) each term. The cohort will also engage in Outdoor Education opportunities including an outdoor residential experience in the second year on the programme.

Parental engagement

Achieve will involve parents and families including opportunities for them to actively shape the programme, parent champions, out-of-school engagement opportunities and liaison with mentors.

Whole school development

Over the programme, North Yorkshire Together will support the school to develop their approach towards extra-curricular activities and mentor-type support, providing a lasting legacy for the programme and additional benefit to the schools.

Funded by

Find out more about Anglo American, the Woodsmith Foundation, and the Woodsmith Project here: The Woodsmith Project – Anglo American – UK.  

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