ThinkForward

ThinkForward is an initiative that places inspirational coaches in schools, where they identify at-risk 14 year olds and provide them with targeted support to ensure that they transition successfully into work, education or training.

ThinkForward was created in 2010 after research showed how early coaching support could dramatically reduce the likelihood of young people leaving education and training and not entering employment. The initiative currently supports 1,100 young people in the London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Islington.

Of those pupils, 85% of the 14-16 year olds have shown statistically significant improvements to their attendance and behaviour at school; 60% of school-leavers achieved at least five GCSEs grade A*-C; and 96% of 17-18 year olds are currently in further education, employment or training.

The project is being supported by the Department for Work and Pensions Innovation Fund, via a social impact bond backed by the Private Equity Foundation and Big Society Capital. It is being delivered by the employment charity Tomorrow’s People.