Making sure all young people get the most out of their education

Explore how youth work is enhancing educational outcomes and skill development, paving the way for brighter futures for young people in Scotland.

Youth work plays a crucial role by complementing formal education and allowing young people to develop key skills that contribute to their readiness to learn, all underpinned by the Youth Work Outcomes & Skills Framework. Youth work initiatives have led to 82% of young developing new skills, while post-covid education recovery initiatives saw 4 out of 5 young people overcoming barriers to learning.

Youth work not only addresses academic needs but understands that the classroom is only one environment for young people to thrive. We all have unique and incredibly complex educational needs. Youth work’s person-centred approach promotes engagement and enthusiasm for learning, helping young people flourish.

Youth work’s approach to meeting young people’s educational needs is inclusive, providing tailored support that meets the diverse needs of young people, ensuring they are equipped for success both inside and outside the classroom.

Impact Statistics

Youth Work Education Recovery Fund

Established to allow youth work to play an active role in young people’s educational, social and emotional recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. The Fund provided over 48,000 activity hours for school pupils, creating a strong link between youth work and formal education.

Youth Work Education Recovery Fund

Read our full impact report for more incredible impact stories and statistics.

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Outdoor Education Recovery Fund

It’s understood that outdoor learning experiences can improve young people’s health and wellbeing, support their personal and social development and enable their achievement and attainment. In 2021, the Scottish Government created the Outdoor Education Recovery Fund, aimed at widening access to outdoor learning and offering vital support for education recovery. The creation of the fund recognised the role played by all forms of outdoor learning as part of the government’s broader approach to recovery from the Covid pandemic.

Case Studies & Testimonials

Literacy & Numeracy Case Studies

We’ve gathered case studies from across Scotland demonstrating the impact youth work has on literacy, numeracy, readiness for learning and wellbeing.

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Video Content

For a number of years now, we’ve been travelling across Scotland to film the most impactful youth work and schools partnerships we work. Hear from the pupils and teachers who work hand-in-hand with youth work teams to ensure young people are able to get the most out of their education. The partnership models might change from school to school, but the outcomes remain the same: pupils are more engaged, have increased readiness to learn and experience much-improved wellbeing.

Kirkintilloch High School

We visited Kirkintilloch High School to showcase its youth work model, where youth workers are embedded within the school’s staff team to provide wrap-around support for pupils.

FARE Scotland & St Mungo's Academy

Donna Matthewman, Depute Head at St Mungo’s Academy in Glasgow, and Pauline Wilson speak about the huge benefits for pupils made possible by the school’s partnership with FARE Scotland’s youth work team.

Braes High School

We visited Braes High School near Falkirk to hear from pupils about the impact of youth work.

Y2K & Newbattle High School Partnership

Hear from pupils, teachers and youth workers about Y2K’s innovative partnership with Newbattle High School which is increasing attendance, improving wellbeing and helping young boosting attainment.

Key Publications

Youth Work Outcomes & Skills Framework

YouthLink Scotland has worked hand-in-hand with the youth work sector to develop a clear, impactful model to allow youth workers to develop and track key skills with the young people they work with.

Youth worker chatting one-to-one with a school pupil.