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Achievement Coaches for Schools

Achievement Coaches for schools

age 16
"I have become more confident and just have a better attitude towards things. I have realised that I cannot do anything without an education.  The programme has helped me most through my Achievement Coach being a great person and everyone in the groups helping me come out of my shell."

Achievement Coaches are specialist youth practitioners improving the prospects of pre-NEET young people at Key Stages 3 and 4 to access relevant activities, support and opportunities to progress at school.

They provide personalised support - usually on a weekly basis - for a minimum of six months to help schools:

  • Improve behaviour and attendance, reducing persistent absenteeism
  • Demonstrate student progress and assist the effective use of Pupil Premium
  • Provide Ofsted with evidence to highlight the progress of Free School Meals (FSM) vulnerable groups

They work directly with students in one-to-one sessions and through group work to provide the knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes pupils need to succeed.

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An approach that gets results

  • 96% of pupils working with and Achievement Coach have demonstrated improved attitude, motivation and self confidence
  • 90% of students ‘at risk’ of becoming NEET were retained in school
  • Schools based evidence demonstrates 87% of young people completing the programme have achieved at least one learning progression


    An evidence-based intervention

    Achievement Coaches is an evidence-based intervention developed by Groundwork with support from the Department of Education, Skills Funding Agency and European Social Fund.

    Achievement Coaches are experienced youth practitioners with expertise in youth work, advice and guidance, careers guidance and coaching, each accredited with the level 4 Certificate in Achievement Coaching (ABC, Qualifications and Credit Framework).


    Case Study: Abraham Moss High school

    Janice Allen,
    Deputy Head of Abraham Moss High school

    “Groundwork’s Achievement Coaches provide an independent support mechanism for young people. We have seen several of the pupils involved take major steps in their personal development. We are delighted with the impact of the programme.”

    Groundwork worked with Abraham Moss Community School, Manchester over an 18 month period to deliver our Achievement Coaches programme, focusing on 44 year 11 pupils to bring them back into mainstream education and ensure they have achieved some qualifications.

    Achievement Coaches allowed the school to provide one-to-one support and group sessions with students to tackle disadvantage, lack of progress, attendance and provide support for pupils who may have felt disenfranchised with school.

    The support resulted in:

    • pupils achieving on average, 5 A*-C grades, compared to 2.4 A*-C before Achievement Coaches support
    • attendance improved for all but one pupil – with no pupil below 90% attendance
    • pupils making more progress in maths and English since working with Achievement Coaches.

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