Evaluation of the London Student Pledge

Funded by: Department for Children, Schools and Families


September 2007 to May 2008

PSI researchers:

Sandra Vegeris

Kathryn Ray

Background, summary and aims

The London Student Pledge is an initiative which aims to widen young people’s experiences and aspirations through the creation of opportunities for them to learn across ten broad areas of activity both inside and outside of school. It is part of the London Challenge str ategy (2003-2008) that aims to help London secondary schools raise educational standards. The Student Pledge offers London students the opportunity to say:

Before I am sixteen...

  1. I will have had the chance to express my views on London issues and be listened to.
  2. My academic, sporting or creative talents will have been celebrated — at school or outside.
  3. I will have taken part in a public event — either sports, dance or concert or visual arts.
  4. I will have taken part in a play, musical or reading that involves either acting, speaking or helping with the production.
  5. I will have been on an educational visit or overnight stay.
  6. I will have had the opportunity to help others through voluntary activities.
  7. I will have been to an artistic or sporting event at a major London venue.
  8. I will have learnt to understand other cultures and faiths.
  9. I will have planned, delivered and evaluated a project from beginning to end.
  10. I will have experienced cutting-edge science and technology.

The research is focusing on the programme of funding to support the Pledge. This will include how it has been delivered and what the impact has been on the opportunities for extracurricular activities for secondary school pupils in London. It will do this by collecting evidence from different stakeholders (providers, schools and students) on the programme of funding and the activities that it supports. This will provide a broad range of information in order to assess the effectiveness of the funding programme and to inform DCSF in deciding whether similar initiatives should be supported in other cities. A central aim of the research will be to identify good practice among providers, which might be shared, transferred or used more widely when working with schools in different areas of the country.