Story by Julia Woollen | Photo by Amy Palmer
Today I had the privilege of visiting the Education Centre based on Earl Marshal Road.
In 1955 Endeavour was set up as an alternative education provider for young people who struggle to access mainstream education. Their motto is, “every young person deserves a positive future regardless
of their past.”
Today Endeavour takes a ‘threepronged’ approach to youth achievement, helping learners with personal development, education, and social interaction.
There are various reasons why learners attend Endeavour, which vary from struggling at mainstream school, behavioural problems, mental health or language difficulties. Endeavour see themselves as a safety net – when students start their attendance is normally 0-30%, at the end of their time with Endeavour the average attendance is 75%. The learners have achieved an impressive 82% GCSE pass rate.
It is important that all learners leave with some type of accreditation and Endeavour finds the right qualification to fit each learner. Trips to the Peak District to do abseiling and canoeing help develop respect and confidence.
In addition, they run ‘Project Boost’ for 18-25 year olds with learning difficulties and in future would like to run practical skills training for over 16s and repair the building for community use.
Volunteers are always welcome, so if you have something you feel you could offer please email email@example.com