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Published by Direct Education Business Partnership (DEBP), 2019-12-20 04:54:46

Annual report 18-19

Annual report 18-19

Annual Review
September 2018 to August 2019

Contents Page

Chair and Directors reports 5
Introduction 7
Linking with employers 9
Year at a glance 10-11
Awards and recognition 13
Our flagship programmes 14-17
Case studies 18-23
Our other programmes 24-25
Thanks and plans for next year 27



Chairs report

This has been another exciting year for DEBP which has seen many achievements, as
well as some changes. John O’Callaghan, one of the Directors of DEBP, retired this year,
with pride and confidence in the strength of the organisation he created with Kaye
Twomlow in 2011.

Company growth has continued for the fourth consecutive year. This growth has largely
been as a result of being a provider of choice of schools, and a preferred supplier of the D2N2 Local Economic
Partnership and the Careers & Enterprise Company.

We’re now looking forward to the forthcoming year and beyond, and the many opportunities that we expect this
will bring.

Frank Lord, DEBP Chair

Directors report

This year, we built upon our fantastic relationships with employers and schools, and
continued to grow and enhance our reputation as a provider that offers inspiring and
quality programmes.

An area of growth for us has been our work with Special Educational Needs Schools,
expanding our offer and offering bespoke support programmes. We also launched our
commercial offer, providing flagship programmes that are proven to have maximum impact and help ensure
learners benefit from, and schools meet, the Gatsby benchmarks. This includes the Raising Aspirations programme
which continues to be delivered across selected schools in Derbyshire and Derby City.

The team delivering on the STEM Ambassador Hub contract for Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, South and East
Yorkshire have also achieved some impressive outcomes during the year, and we are excited to be piloting the
Careers & Enterprise Company Personal Guidance Fund contract in the next academic year.

Clare Talati, DEBP Director



Introduction East Yorkshire
South Yorkshire
About us Derbyshire Nottinghamshire
DEBP are a Social Enterprise specialising in supporting the
aspirational decision making of young people to shape
their future.

With your support, we strive to help young people from
our area to fulfil their potential. We believe all young
people deserve an equal chance of success.

We do this by introducing them to people and
experiences which are aspirational, inspirational,
challenging and fun. We reflect the national and local
educational and economic priorities in all of our activities
in schools and Learning Communities. We do this by
working closely with LEPs, Chambers of Commerce, Local
Authorities, STEM Institutes and Societies, the Careers &
Enterprise Company and local employers.

To support the Vision To ensure that all
aspirational decision learners,

making of young irrespective of their
people. needs, achieve.



Linking with employers

All of our programmes involve working with local employers. Employer engagement adds value to our
work and the lives of young people. It helps to ensure young people are developing the skills employers
value and look for – it is at the heart of what we do.


Providing experiences of the world of work
Developing leadership skills

Increasing resilience
Building confidence

Raising aspirations Over 8000 employers involved
Fulfilling potential
in the STEM Ambassadors
Overall programme.
hours at over 1795 delivery hours for Raising

30,000 Aspirations – Public Health and
Opportunity Area Derby City

Over 320 business employees

engaged in programmes
representing all sectors


Reach of over 40,000 young Overall reach
of over
people through the STEM
Ambassadors programme 47,500

Over 4000 students attended the young people

largest one-day STEM event in the Opening doors
region – The Big Bang Yorkshire and Shaping futures

Reach of over 3500 young people

via direct delivery

Improving confidence

Increasing motivation

Setting work and life goals

Developing employability skills



Awards and recognition

This year, we had quite a few significant achievements including:

July 2019
Finalists in the East Midlands Chamber Business Awards for the
Outstanding Growth Award and as part of Made in Chesterfield – an
initiative which raises the profile of STEM sector careers.

May 2019
Personal Guidance funding from The Careers and Enterprise
Company was secured. We will deliver F.I.R.S.T+, a whole school
approach to Personal Guidance that 3200 young people will have
access to across 5 schools starting in September 2019.

March 2019
The matrix Standard was achieved - a unique nationally recognised
quality standard which assesses and measures the information,
advice and guidance services that ultimately support individuals in
their choice of career, learning, work and life goals.

December 2018
We were interviewed for one of the nine videos (focusing on SEND)
covering the main parts of the Gatsby Career Benchmarks funded
by Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Collaborative Outreach
Programme (DANCOP). View the video at

September 2018
Sponsor of the Education Business Partnership Award at the East
Midlands Chamber Derbyshire Business Awards. The Award winner
was Shirebrook Academy who we are proud to work with.


Flagship programmes

Raising Aspirations
One of our flagship programmes is Raising Aspirations, funded by Derbyshire County Council Public Health,
which targets students identified as being most in need - young people facing multiple barriers to engaging
fully with their education. An employability worker supports each learner to identify interests, goals and
experiences that will help them to raise their aspirations.

The fundamental element of the initiative is to remove a stigma from being involved in a targeted
programme and to ensure that no individual can identify their inclusion as being because they share a
particular trait with other participants. This results in an inclusive programme across a range of academic
abilities and varying attitudes towards learning.

£1 spent = £4.68 in 85.7% of students 2160 young people
social return for Key are more informed from 13 schools
benefited from
Stage 4 delivery about post-16
options. 55.1% are Raising Aspirations
more motivated

“I would say overall the improvements in the behaviour around school of the students is markedly
improved, for some individuals I would describe it as transformative. The programme came with a clear
structure but within this, the ability to be really bespoke for each student, it was very much adapted to
meet the needs of individuals.”

Aoife Galletly, Assistant Headteacher at St Benedict Catholic Voluntary Academy


Careers and Enterprise Fund
The Derby City (Opportunity Area) Careers and Enterprise Company funded Raising Aspirations programme
supports vulnerable and targeted young people to address barriers that might hinder progression into a
positive destination. It involves 208 students from 12 secondary schools. The Employability Workers offer
a blend of guidance, skills development and employer encounters to support their careers development .

An important aspect of the programme is measuring the impacts at the beginning and end against key

Confidence – Speaking – Listening - Resilience – Motivation – Teamwork – Organisation – Responsibility
– Informed of post-16 options – Understanding the world of work

£1 spent = £2.51 in 80% of students are As part of the
social return more informed Future Skills survey,
about post-16 89% of students said
options. 70% are
more motivated. they would
recommend the
programme to other


“Raising Aspirations enabled our students to gain first-hand experience of the workplace and inspired them
to consider jobs and careers that they would like for the future. All employers went to great lengths to
meet the needs of our students ensuring that their first experiences in the workplace were positive and

Richard Jackson, Assistant Headteacher at St Clare’s School



STEM Ambassador Hub
STEM Ambassadors volunteer their time and expertise to promote STEM to young people in original,
creative, practical and engaging ways. We look after over 3100 brilliant and inspiring volunteers supporting
the STEM curriculum in schools, raising awareness of STEM careers and supporting STEM activities in the
community. Our Hub covers North Midlands (Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire), South and East Yorkshire.

STEM Ambassadors cross all ages and backgrounds, representing a vast spectrum of different employers,
sectors and professions. They help open the doors to a world of opportunities and possibilities which come
from pursuing STEM subjects and careers.

3112 registered 30,000 A reach of 40,000
STEM Ambassadors STEM Ambassador young people
volunteer hours =
£250,000 of time
and expertise from


“At the end of an electronics course I was running, I was approached by a parent who told me that her son’s
school class had asked each student to write an essay about someone who inspired them. Apparently he
chose me, and the parent wanted to know if I minded. If anyone wonders why we volunteer, these are the
moments that make it all worthwhile.”

Mark Millward, IT Manager at Beta Research Ltd and STEM Ambassador


Case Study

Bidwell Henderson school talks 118 of students
Bidwell Henderson is an award-winning company based in the town of engaged in six
Alfreton. Director, Rebecca Bidwell is a local success story, having been school visits
told she would not achieve anything to setting up her own business.

DEBP approached Rebecca to deliver her inspirational story to local
school students. She was happy to help and also offered the support of
her newly qualified Apprentice Chelsea Allcock.

Together they visited six schools - Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise
Academy, Wilsthorpe Community, West Park Academy, Fredrick Gent,
Tibshelf and Tupton Hall - over two days delivering presentations to
students selected by schools who may benefit from this motivational
talk. The presentation focused, not only on Bidwell Henderson but also
on Apprenticeships, the use of transferable skills and ensuring that
students effectively promote themselves within their CV. Students
were given the opportunity to interact and ask questions throughout
the session.

“We had a wonderful time presenting at six local schools on the topic of Apprenticeships. Having been
Apprentices previously we were both keen to talk about the options available to students so they could
make informed decisions about their future education options. We enjoyed the experience so much that we
will be working with DEBP again soon.”

Rebecca Bidwell, Director at Bidwell Henderson

“The feedback from your visit was incredibly positive. Students used words like ‘amazing’ and ‘inspiring’
when reflecting on the session.”

Matt Gray, Assistant Headteacher at Wilsthorpe School


Case Study

Apprenticeship success The entire cohort of
A Year 11 student has been on the Raising Aspirations programme since Year 11’s on the
he began Year 10. programme (14

He has worked one to one with his employability worker to complete: students) secured a
• a college application for Derby College post-16 place.
• mock interviews for Derby college
• an Apprenticeship application
• an updated CV with relevant strengths
• an interview for an apprenticeship place, discussing how competitive

it would be.

His perseverance with improving his achievement rates in school has
evidently paid off. He is confident that he regularly tries his best and
will keep on trying until he is happy with the outcome.

He was offered an apprenticeship and was absolutely over the moon
with this! A successful final year!

“It’s because of the support and guidance I’ve had with my Employability Worker that I have achieved my
apprenticeship offer – it’s what I’ve always wanted to do and I’m not sure I’d have known where to start if I
had to do it all on my own.”

Student from Noel Baker Academy

“We wanted the programme again for our current Year 11’s because they benefitted so much the previous
year. It was evident how well many students progressed and the confidence and knowledge they gained
was largely down to this. We wanted them to have one final opportunity to ensure they ended Year 11 on
a positive note with at least one post 16 option in place.”

Clare Pedlar, Assistant Headteacher at Noel Baker Academy



Case Study

Takeover Challenge Over 50 students
The Takeover Challenge is designed for young people with special involved in the
educational needs and disabilities. It is delivered via group work and
matched to local employers to enhance students’ understanding of programme
working life, while increasing their confidence and employability skills.

The challenge involves working with students to develop customer
service skills, self-awareness and team working skills so that they can
successfully take over the running of a business for a day.

Challenges have taken place with the following this year:
• Beech Academy with Floralands Garden Village
• Chapel-en-le-Frith High School with Peak District National Park

Castleton Visitor Centre
• Shirebrook Academy with Limestone House
• St Andrews School with Springboard and Holiday Inn
• St Clares School Derby with Royal Derby Hospital
• Stubbin Wood School with Urban Flamingo

“One of the students said the takeover was the best day of their life! To be able to put what they are
learning into context was amazing and the team were absolutely brilliant.”

Kerry Mabbley, Programme Manager – North; Springboard UK

“The experience exceeded all of our expectations. We know that these students are fantastic and capable
young people but to see the confidence they have gained as a result of this project really is quite
extraordinary. I’m confident that it will make a real difference to their prospects in education and

Simon Grieves, Headteacher at Chapel-en-le-Frith High School



Case Study Over 500 young
people took part in
Made in Chesterfield
Made in Chesterfield is an educational campaign we run in visits to local
partnership with Destination Chesterfield to raise the profile of career businesses
opportunities in STEM businesses and inspire young people to
consider these sectors. It involves activities, tours and visits for young
people as well as visits for teachers to give them important insights
into the local labour market.

Who better to inspire young people about careers available locally
than visiting and hearing from/meeting people that work in
successful local companies. It’s motivational and helps to ensure
young people are developing the skills employers value and look for
in their future workforce. It also helps schools meet many of the
Gatsby benchmarks to improve their careers provision overall.

“Made in Chesterfield has given us some brilliant opportunities to visit local businesses. It has given
students a real insight into the careers that may be available to them in the future and the skills that
employers are going to need. It really helps students see the relevance of the subjects that they are taking
in school.”

Tracy Horton, Personal Development Co-ordinator at Shirebrook Academy

“Being a STEM Ambassador is a truly rewarding role; it creates the opportunity to work with young people
like the ones from The Bolsover School at our recent Made in Chesterfield event. Events like this enable
them to explore the wider world of technology that is outside of their normal day to day reach and
hopefully inspires them to consider careers that they hadn’t previously.”

Nicola Mills, Global Account Delivery Executive at DXC Technology


Our other school programmes

Excellence in STEM – an award looking at developing Science 2 schools
Capital that students build through their experiences of STEM. achieved the


Move On, Move Up - Developing confidence, leadership skills Mock
and confidence with small groups of students in preparation for interviews
transition to secondary school.
for 232
students with
40 employers

Shine – Helping Year 8 learners to developing their confidence £1 spent =
for upcoming options choices. £14.81 in
social return

Right Routes – Helping Year 10 and 11 to take action and 56 students
ownership for their decision making to support the next stage of involved with
their education and training journey. 15 employers


Boost – Helping Year 11’s to firm up decisions and regain focus Tailored one-
as they head towards decision time for post-16 plans. to-one

All Set – Helping Year 12 and 13 students to develop skills to aid support for 6
progression onto the next stage of their journey (not Higher identified
Education). students

Takeover Challenge – Group work to increase employability 100% of
skills which culminates in the SEND young people taking over a students
local business.
informed of


All students
with the


Pathways to Success – SEND young people develop 20 days
understanding and skills related to working life. It includes visits support for
to employers, meeting new people, exploring employment 23 learners
opportunities and work experience.
11 young
Project Search - Supported internships for SEND young people people offered
with the aim of getting students to progress to sustainable
employment. places on




It’s all thanks to you!

We are incredibly grateful to the following organisations,
partners and funders, who helped to make our work possible in
• Chambers of Commerce
• Derbyshire County Council Public Health
• Employers
• EngineeringUK
• Local Authorities
• Local Enterprise Partnerships
• Schools
• STEM Ambassadors
• STEM Learning
• The Careers & Enterprise Company

Plans for the next year…

In 2019-20:
• We start careers delivery with five schools across Derbyshire, engaging a minimum of 3200 young

people. We have recruited seven additional staff investing in training and development to offer Level 4
and Level 7 in careers. The project entitled F.I.R.S.T+ is funded by the Careers & Enterprise Company.
• We will be expanding the work we do in special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) schools,
building on the work and good practice we are currently delivering in 10 schools across Derbyshire.
This includes starting a supported internship programme in partnership with the University Hospitals of
Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust, ISS, Horizons 6th Form at St Martins School, Royal School for
the Deaf and Fountains High School.
• We start our new programme entitled INspire. It is an enhanced careers programme involving four
Doncaster primary schools, parents and the local community network.
• We intend to grow our commercial offer of quality assured programmes to support the Gatsby

Talk to us about our portfolio of programmes/range of qualified staff that can offer quality assured
programmes… in your school.


01246 212 535
[email protected]


Awards and recognition

Since this report we have had quite a few more achievements including:

Delivery from September 2019
F.I.R.S.T+ delivery has started with 3200 young people in five
schools. Every learner benefits from one to one interventions at
key decision making times – Year 9, 10, 11 and post-16, plus skills
preparation and targeted support in Year 7 and 8.

Delivery from September 2019
New INspire programme has started with four schools in the
Doncaster area. It will give pupils in Years 3 to 5 the opportunity to
meet with inspirational people and get them thinking about future

Launched 21 September 2019
Project SEARCH, a unique one year supported training and
employment internship opportunity, has been successfully
launched. It helps young people with special educational needs and
disabilities make successful transitions from school to productive
adult life and gain the skills they need to achieve meaningful paid
jobs. It also involves University Hospitals Derby and Burton, ISS,
Horizons 6th Form at St Martins School, Fountains and Royal School
for the Deaf.

Awards ceremony on 27 September 2019
We were highly commended in the Careers Provider of the Year
category at the Careers Excellence Awards. Now in its third year,
the Awards are organised by The Careers & Enterprise Company,
partnering with the Gatsby Foundation. The awards shine a light on
best practice careers provision and Inspiring and preparing young
people for success in the world of work.

January 2020
New website launched with an animated introductory video
developed by Sparky Ink and students from Ashgate Croft School,
Stubbin Wood School and Swanwick School and Sports College.

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