Dear Parent/Carer,

We are delighted to have the opportunity for your child to take part in an exciting project to help them to understand more about themselves and the world around them. Throughout the year they will take part in activities, trips and projects to help them to build their self-esteem, develop their emotional resilience and develop skills for the future. This project is run by our local Careers Hub, of which we are part of, and funded and evaluated by The Careers & Enterprise Company. You can find out more about the project by speaking to Charlotte Poynton.

As a part of this project, we are investigating how engaging in career-related activities might make a difference to children’s engagement in education. To do this we will be asking pupils to complete a baseline survey in November 2021 and June 2022. This survey will ask questions on self-esteem and essential skills. Data on student characteristics such as gender/attendance/attainment/SEN status and participation in the project will be shared with the Careers & Enterprise Company to match with survey responses. Each student will be assigned an ID for this purpose, so that students names will not be shared with the Careers & Enterprise Company.

Your child will take part in small discussion groups, to tell the organisers and researchers about their experiences of taking part in the project. These sessions will take place in school and will be conducted by your school careers leader with people involved in running the project in attendance.

Pupils’ survey responses and any other information collected as a part of the evaluation will be treated with the strictest of confidence. At the end of the project, aggregated data will be analysed and published in a report by The Careers & Enterprise Company. The learnings from the report will be shared to enable other children to benefit from similar programmes. Please note that no individual children will be identified in any reports arising from the evaluation.

The organisers of the project (Birmingham Careers Hub) have requested your permission for your child’s photo to be taken for promotional purposes. Images help to share the impact of their work and to make sure it can carry on making a positive difference to young people, their families, schools & communities. If you DO NOT want your child’s photo to be taken for these purposes please inform the school.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me on 0121 533 5858 or charlotte.poynton@theedgeacademy.co.uk

Yours sincerely,

Charlotte Poynton

Assistant Principal