This priority focuses on:

  • Reducing the social gradient in skills and qualifications.
  • Ensuring that schools, families, and communities work in partnership to improve outcomes and level the gradient in health, wellbeing and resilience of children and young people.
  • Improving the access and use of quality lifelong learning across the social gradient.


The Marmot Review summarised the importance of addressing inequalities in education and skills ‘Inequalities in educational outcomes affect physical and mental health, as well as income, employment, and quality of life. The graded relationship between socioeconomic position and educational outcome has significant implications for subsequent employment, income, living standards, behaviours, and mental and physical health. To achieve equity from the start, investment in the early years is crucial’

What we know

There are a number of programmes of work and interventions that enable all children, young people, and adults to maximise their capabilities and have control over their lives recommendation which aim to:

  • Continue to narrow and close the gap in children and young people’s attainment.
  • Increase access and use of quality life-long learning opportunities across the social gradient.
  • Enable eligible children and young people to participate in positive enrichment activities and experiences with their peers.
  • Support children and young people’s emotional resilience, health, and well-being.
  • Promote home and road safety.

Legislation, Government guidance that support the enable all children, young people, and adults to maximise their capabilities and have control over their lives recommendation:

Links to service developments and strategies that support this recommendation:


  • Closing the attainment gap between free school meals and non-free school meals
  • Educational attainment by key stage
  • Apprenticeships
  • Young people not in employment, education or training (NEET)
  • Pupil absences
  • Support for children’s mental health
  • Children in care outcomes

Programmes and activities

  • Adult Education Service
  • Boost Programme (Resettlement Programme)
  • Coventry Library Service
  • Coventry SEND (Special Educational Need or Disability) Offer
  • Coventry Sports and Leisure for people with disabilities
  • Children's Mental Health system
    • Compass Shine - Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health
    • Mental Health Support Team (MHSTs)
    • Kooth
    • Dimensions of Health and Wellbeing
    • RISE (CAMHS)
  • Coventry Education Partnership – school-to-school improvement activity
  • Coventry Cultural Education Partnership
  • Coventry Holiday and Food Programme
  • Coventry Women's Partnership
  • Coventry Skills Strategy Action Groups: 1 – Raising Overall Skills Levels and Aspiration, Action Group 2 Progression Pathways and Action Group 3 Communities, Inclusion and Support for Highest Needs
  • Family Hubs
  • Positive Directions
  • Positive Choices
  • Parenting programmes
  • Safe to talk
  • Statutory Health Assessments and Health Plan for children in care
  • School Nursing
  • Supporting Families Programme- Intensive Family Support
  • Targeted Youth Activities
  • West Midlands Fire Service Fire Safety Tutoring
  • West Midlands Fire Service Fire Cadets
  • West Midlands Fire Service Sparks programme: ‘Your Choice’ on the road and ‘Your Choice Feel the Heat’ packages
  • Your Vision Your Future

Delivery partners

  • Adult Education Service CCC 
  • All schools in the Coventry Education Partnership (maintained, academy and free schools of all age ranges)
  • Compass
  • Coventry City Council
  • Coventry Cultural Education Partnership members
  • Coventry Youth Justice Service
  • Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust (CWPT)
  • Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre
  • Coventry Family Health and Lifestyle Service (0-19 years)
  • Coventry and Warwickshire Integrated Care System
  • Coventry and Warwickshire MIND
  • Children in Care Health Team
  • Domestic Abuse Services
  • Family Hubs
  • Foleshill Womens Training
  • Migration Team CCC
  • Positive Choices
  • Positive Youth Foundation
  • Police and Crime Commissioner
  • Public Health Team CCC
  • Voluntary sector youth projects such as Guiding Young Minds (GYM)
  • West Midlands Fire Service
  • West Midlands Police

How we will measure progress

  • Attainment 8 score
  • Progress 8 score
  • KS 2 attainment and progress measures
  • FE attainment and progress measures
  • 16 – 17 NEETs (including not known)
  • School attendance/ exclusion
  • Disadvantaged Students* Entering Apprenticeship
  • Overall qualification levels for the city
  • School Gatsby Benchmarks (quality of careers support in schools)
  • Adult Education Budget enrolment, completion and destination data
  • West Midlands Fire Service information
  • NHS children and young people access rate for mental health services
  • Emotional wellbeing and mental health real-life case studies