Junior Pathfinders Evaluation Summary
Pathfinders is an early intervention initiative, run by Youth, Family and Community Learning, which aims to improve outcomes for children and young people who experience barriers to learning in secondary schools.
Learning from the evaluation of the Pathfinders project, and a scoping study with parents of children who received input from the Project set in secondary schools, included recognition that for some children, barriers to education begin in primary school. In response, IAP funded a Pathfinders project in two primary schools - which became one of IAP’s earliest Tests of Change.
This report highlights the learning from the original Project. It also looks ahead to what it is hoped will emerge from the pilot project in primary schools.
IAP Thematic Summary: Engagement
This is the second in a series of annual summaries, focusing on foundational aspects of Inclusion as Prevention. These themes are fundamental to IAP, acting as a benchmark for its progress, and the journey towards achieving its overall aim. Thematic summaries bring together the learning on each theme from across different aspects of the project, using multiple sources of evidence.
The first summary was on partnership; this summary focuses on Engagement.
Street Cones work with young men in South Lanarkshire
IAP partially funded creative arts organisation Street Cones to carry out a ‘Road for Change’ creative programme with a group of justice experienced young men aged under 18.
The initial theme was “Learning from young people in South Lanarkshire with a view to impacting on service change and service delivery”. The optional sessions were designed to facilitate a creative output from the experiences these young men have had with services and supports.
We hope this ongoing engagement with IAP will help increase their confidence and support them in further advocating for change.
This evaluation aims to capture the project’s journey and learning from this approach. It also explores ways this work could be developed in future.