The DfE recommended that we submit our impact report to be assessed by CAYT for impact. CAYT is a DfE sponsored research centre that brings together leading educationalists and social scientists from the Institute for Fiscal Studies, the Institute of Education, and the National Centre for Social Research. CAYT was set up to provide robust evidence on the transitions made by young people, and to help inform key government policies in education and training. CAYT seeks to improve our understanding of the bridging period between childhood and adulthood and how it is changing over time, with a particular focus on what this can tell us about the likely effectiveness of a range of policy interventions.
After peer reviewers assessed the report, we scored the maximum points for impact and the report is featured on the DfE website (see link below). We will continue to submit more research and really showcase ourselves as a well evidenced charity that really makes a huge difference to young people’s lives.
We are very excited to announce that The Duke of York has become a Patron of the Charity. The Patronage comes after His Royal Highness visited one of our projects in Maida Vale, London in November, where he met some of the young people taking part in the programme and was invited to observe their classroom session and interaction with the toddlers in the nursery. It also follows a reception hosted by The Duke at Buckingham Palace last July as part of his ‘Backing Youth’ initiative, which was attended by some members of our Youth-Led Consultancy Board, who are themselves graduates of the Teens and Toddlers programme.
We're delighted to have been awarded £286,444 by the Big Lottery Fund to enable us to deliver our programmes in Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Greenwich and Lewisham - four of London's 33 boroughs which collectively accounted for 21.8% of the Capital's 16-18 year old NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) in 2012. The funding will help us to directly reach 576 children and young people through 36 projects over a three year period.
Huge thanks to the Big Lottery Fund - this will make an enormous difference to the lives of disadvantaged young people in some of the most disadvantaged areas in London.
Teens and Toddlers have been awarded a Guardian Charity Award!
We attended the ceremony this week, where one of our graduates picked up the award on our behalf. This is one of many exciting things happening for us at the moment, and we are so happy that our good work is getting this level of recognition.
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We were also able to meet other inspiring people, including Ade Adepitan
For more information about the awards, please visit The Guardian website.