Education inequality in England is a persistent and pervasive problem. In particular, the attainment gap between children from disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers is unacceptably large. Through research in collaboration with Big Society Capital and the Impetus PEF, we have highlighted the role that social investment can play in helping to close the attainment gap in education.
The report highlighted the need for a programme that enabled early-stage social enterprises working in the education sector to:
The Young Academy was therefore designed and launched with these three objectives in mind, and was the first of its kind in the social enterprise and investment sector.
Since then we have supported over 50 social ventures who introduce innovation and achieve impact in diverse areas of the education system from early years through to access to employment, including:
The Young Foundation is a research and action based institute with a formidable track record of confronting inequalities. We work across the UK and internationally to create insight and innovations which put people at the heart of social change, using the tools of research, work with communities, social innovation and social investment.
The Young Foundation came out of The Institute for Community Studies (ICS) which was set up by social researcher and innovator Michael Young in 1954.
The ICS and the Young Foundation have together created and supported over 60 organizations including Which?, The Open University, Economic and Social Research Council, Social Innovation Exchange (SIX), School for Social Entrepreneurs, Uprising, Action for Happiness and Agenda.