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Hedfan - Out Of School Hours Learning

What is Hedfan?

Hedfan is a project that was developed to focus on how Out of School Hours Learning (OSHL) can support targeted children and young people to realise their full potential. We are looking at how OSHL can positively impact on children and young people, involving their parents, families and the communities in which they live.

Too many young people are at risk of leaving school and becoming NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training).

Hedfan will focus on improving learning outcomes for 8-14-year-olds living within Blaenau Gwent and Merthyr Tydfil who have been identified as being most at risk of becoming disengaged. We will do this by improving the structure, planning and co-ordination of out of school hours learning provision.

Hedfan is a joint initiative between the Blaenau Gwent and Merthyr Tydfil Local Service Boards and Communities First. It is a two and a half year project, funded up to December 2014, under the European Social Fund, supported by the Welsh Government.

Our approach

Early identification and prevention are critical approaches in avoiding the disengagement of young people in education and training.
Hedfan will take an innovative community development approach to maintaining the young people’s involvement in education and training, but we need your help:

We need children and young people, parents and carers, out of school learning providers, schools, Communities First, voluntary and community groups, councils and other stakeholders to value the importance of Out of School Hours Learning, to work together to offer quality provision that is wanted and needed by the children and young people themselves. This will help us raise the aspirations of children, their families and their communities.

Aim and objectives

The aim of the project is to:

Enable an ambitious programme of change in the HOV area to ensure the alignment of policy, practice and resources for young people aged between 8-14, who are identified as being most at risk of becoming NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training). Working with them, their families and communities to ensure they are supported and continue to engage in education and learning opportunities.

  • Improve NEET prevention strategies for 8-14-year-olds by facilitating the development of an early identification methodology
  • Develop a community-based approach to NEET prevention through greater engagement of young people in high quality out of school hours learning
  • Promote effective collaboration between OSHL service providers and facilitate bending of resources to target provision where appropriate
  • Evaluate the project and ensure that learning is captured and disseminate

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