“YPI is celebrating its 15th anniversary. From launching with a small North-east cohort in 2008, we are now active in almost 290 secondary schools nationally. In that time, 310,000 young people have been responsible for granting £6.8m to local charities the length and breadth of Scotland. They have developed skills, they have raised awareness of crucial support services in their communities, and they have made a difference. We are now meeting YPI alumni in the workforce who cite their experiences at school as inspiration for what they have gone on to achieve. This year we welcomed a team of Programme Officers. This staff model is allowing us to work in far closer partnership with our schools and we are looking forward to seeing what this enhanced level of support can do to deepen the impact of the investment.
“Excelerate is now working in partnership with 17 schools in Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen, and, most recently, Angus. We have appointed six new Business and Community Support Officers and have moved into focussing on scalability and sustainability of the investment to ensure the learnings and achievements of our partner schools can inspire the wider efforts and conversations around much-needed education reform.
“Through RAiSE, we have engaged our final cohort of local authorities and are delighted that exit reporting with those who have completed their two-year Primary Science Development Officer funding period has been overwhelmingly positive. This dedicated resource is making a real difference to the confidence and abilities of primary practitioners and, in turn, raising the consistency of high-quality STEM learning experiences for our learners.
“These are just the headlines, the positive outcomes. What lies behind these has been an ability to overcome challenges, be courageous, develop incredible partnerships, and remain true to our values.
“We look forward to further driving our ambition and impact in 2024 and beyond.”