Key Stage 4 Engagement Programme Equal Opportunities Project

  • Awarded to: Dr Gill Haynes
  • Funding Awarded to Exeter: £ 48,800
  • Dates: 1 October 2006 - 30 June 2007
  • Sponsor(s): Department for Education and Skills (DfES)


Dr Gill Haynes, Dr Caroline Wragg and Keith Mason, based at the University of Exeter, were commissioned by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) in 2006-7 to undertake an Equal Opportunities Review of the Key Stage 4 Engagement Programme.  

The Equal Opportunities Review had four main aims:

  1. To proof the programme design and guidance against ethnicity, gender, and disability and other key considerations;
  2. To assess the extent to which partnerships have delivered on their proposals/strategies to promote equality;
  3. To provide supplementary guidance on the selection of young people for engagement with these schemes, with particular emphasis on equality issues;
  4. To provide guidance to managers of schemes so that they avoid stereotyping in the development of the personalised, holistic programmes for the young people identified for participation in this scheme.

The Interim Report was presented to the DfES in February 2007 and discussed the extent to which Partnerships had delivered on their proposals/strategies to promote equality within the Key Stage 4 Engagement Programme. This assessment was based on analyses of:

  1. the pilot Partnerships’ proposal documents;
  2. a questionnaire survey of Partnership Coordinators;
  3. a questionnaire survey of school/PRU staff responsible for managing and organising the KS4 Engagement Programme in their school/institution.

The final report was presented to the DfES in June 2007.  This document was based on the analyses of the case studies undertaken in March/April 2007 and contained a commentary on the issues emerging from the review.  The Review Team also produced documents setting out supplementary guidance in relation to equal opportunities issues for distribution by the DfES to those managing schemes within the KS4 Engagement Programme.