By Rachel Marangozov and Sara Dewson
This report presents qualitative research findings from the study of the School Gates Employment Initiative. The initiative ran from September 2009 to March 2011 in 25 areas. It was aimed at helping parents and potential second earners back into work by providing employment and enterprise advice and support in and around primary schools.
The research involved qualitative interviews in 13 of the 25 pilot areas. Interviews were held with school heads, Regional Development Agency leads, Jobcentre Plus, local authorities and devolved administrations, parents and parent support staff in schools.
It also involved two semi-structured group discussions with local partners at two practitioner events in November 2010, as well as a review of evidence presented in the Management Information and the quarterly reports from the pilot areas.
The report provides a review of pilot delivery. It details the main methods of engagement which pilot areas have utilised and identifies those factors which made parental engagement more challenging and those which facilitated engagement. Partnership working in the pilot is assessed and it looks at pilot outcomes - for local partners as well as for parents themselves.