Right to Succeed scoops £10,000 Teach First prize


A social enterprise set-up to find, pilot and roll-out systemic solutions to tackling educational disadvantage has won Teach First’s £10,000 Innovation Award.

Right to Succeed, set-up by former Teach First teacher Graeme Duncan, is to focus its work on secondary schools working in challenging circumstances.

The idea behind the enterprise is that schools on the scheme get access to an ”Achievement for All” coach who works with them over six months. The school then receives a bespoke package of support over the space of three and a half years.

Mr Duncan explained: “Right to Succeed’s role is to work with the education fraternity to come up with those systemic solutions, pilot them at scale, prove them to be effective and evidence-based, and then take them to scale across the country.

“Our primary focus is failing secondary schools. We want to turn around 20 failing secondary schools using some of the best providers to do that.”

As part of its prize, Right to Succeed will now receive the experience and support of Teach First to help develop and apply its approach.

On winning the award, Mr Duncan said: “If we are to see the systematic change needed to improve educational outcomes, we need to construct and pilot at scale systemic solutions built upon current evidence-based practice. 

“This will require a union of effort from educationalists, social investors and government commissioners, focused upon investing effectively in improving the social mobility of our young people in the most disadvantaged communities, boosting both their prospects and the future prospects of our society.”

The two runners-up in this year’s awards are Future Frontiers, which focuses on providing careers advice, and Box-up Crime, which is set-up to offer emotional mentoring through boxing and out-reach programmes. These two organisations win £5,000 each and will also receive wider support from Teach First.

For further information about the Innovation Awards, visit http://bit.ly/1sUOGUW.



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