Active learning that stops students dropping out

Youth Engagement for Schools (YES)

The Youth Engagement for Schools (YES) programme aims to prevent students from dropping out of statutory education by providing them with active learning opportunities in small groups outside of their normal learning environment.

The YES programme can help to keep participants engaged in education by raising their aspirations and achievements through offering challenging and engaging activities in a practical, supportive way. The syllabus is designed to develop key applied skills as well as valuable soft skills including teamwork, communication, resilience and decision-making.

What Yes programmes do UKSA offer?

We offer two YES programme options, focusing on either watersports or boat maintenance, depending on the main interests of the particular cohort. Both courses are designed to develop both hard and soft skills through highly applied tasks; some participants will also have the chance to gain nationally-recognised qualifications. Additionally, through participating in activities at UKSA (a working maritime training centre), students will gain an insight into marine career options and opportunities.

YES Programme – Watersports

Participants will take part in a range of on-water and outdoor adventurous activities which could include sailing, kayaking, paddleboarding, powerboating, team games, orienteering, sea survival or pool games. Whilst on the programme, participants will also have the opportunity to achieve vocational qualifications, such as the British Canoeing Paddlesport Start award or the RYA Powerboat Level 1 certificate.

YES Programme – Boat Maintenance

Participants will be based in our fleet maintenance workshop, learning a range of practical skills related to boat maintenance and refurbishment. Students will work together, under the guidance of a UKSA instructor, to renovate a wooden boat. As part of their project, students will learn skills in woodwork, fibre-glassing, gel coating, compounding, metal work and polishing, amongst other proficiencies.

How many students in a group?

Both courses will be delivered in small groups, with a maximum of six participants on each programme, meaning UKSA instructors can offer appropriate support to each student. A staff member from the school would also be required to accompany their students on the programme each week.

For disengaged students – we are here to help

YES is available for students who are becoming disengaged from statutory education through low attendance and/or disruptive behaviour. A professional, who feels that a more active way of learning in a small group would be more appropriate, must recommend them. The student will then be interviewed by UKSA before we offer them a place.

 For more information, contact UKSA on +44 (0) 1983 294941 or [email protected]