ELS – Provider Based Activities

Approximately half of Stoke-on-Trent Opportunity Area’s ELS funding was granted to 12 providers who were expected to work closely with schools.

You can find below information on the 12 projects and case studies on the following three: Stoke-on-Trent Ceramic Challenge, SPACE and Strong Roots – Better Futures.

Stoke-on-Trent Ceramic Challenge

The Inspirational Learning Group delivered this project.

In this project teams of 30 students from Stoke-on-Trent schools worked on real-life business challenges set by the infamous Stoke-on-Trent Potteries industry, delivered as an extra-curricular activity on a bi-weekly basis. The challenge focused on developing the core skills required for the world of work including teamwork, communication, creativity and leadership. The programme also saw industry experts visiting schools to provide students with a meaningful encounter with a local employer. There was also the opportunity for schools to visit working ceramic factories in the local area. The programme culminated in a finals event where students pitched their ideas to industry experts for the chance to be crowned overall champions.

Read the case study here.

Life Skills Through Arts

The Mitchell Arts Centre delivered this project.

The project delivered theatre, film, digital and creative writing workshops to both individuals and groups. This culminated in a week’s Festival at the Mitchell Arts Centre Summer 2019, allowing students to showcase their work including: short films created, drama pieces stages; creative writing to be read out and a digital showcase of work.

Stanley Head John Muir Partnership Programme

The Stanley Head Outdoor Education Centre delivered this project.

The project supported pupils to identify a wild place on which they could have a positive impact. These places have been individual to each school or class and young people have been engaged in themes such as: habitat, the environment, science, conservation and have had the opportunity to enjoy activities such as orienteering, bush craft, mountain biking, climbing, canoeing etc.

Science for Life

The City of Stoke-on-Trent 6th Form College delivered this project.

This project has partnered high schools together to enable staff to facilitate the delivery of aspirational science clubs on a termly basis in feeder primary schools across the city. The club was further enhanced by their involvement of the Oxford and Cambridge Alumni associated of Staffordshire and local scientists. The project culminated with a celebration evening event of the Potteries Science Festival 2019 hosted at Keele Hall.

Loving Learning through Arts and Culture

Partners in Creative Learning CIC (PICL) delivered this project.

This project delivered arts and cultural extra-curricular activities for young people. Activities included drama and dance, music (creation, writing, performing), ceramics/ sculpture, outdoor/ forest arts, animation/ graffiti/ printing, digital (film, photography).

Engage New Skills

Engage Communities CIC delivered this project.

This project aimed to tackle inequalities experienced by BAME young people by delivering predominantly multi-sports, but also arts, health and wellbeing activities. The project had an additional focus on: disengaged young people from BAME communities, young people who are regularly in detention or exclusion, young people at risk of committing crime, young people at risk of dropping out of education, young people showing negative behaviour and those who have become socially isolated.


Stoke City Community Trust delivered this project.

The project offered term-time regular structured sporting and educational activities focusing on social and life skills delivered in schools and community hubs over 48 weeks of the year.


Stoke-on-Trent College delivered this project.

This project has worked with not-for-profit organisations to engage with targeted groups including: looked-after-learners; SEND; disaffected young white and Asian males to prevent gang association and young females. They also offered a wide range of activities and topics including: digital literacy, volunteering and leadership skills, essential life skills and work readiness.


The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner delivered this project.

The project established holiday projects that had an emphasis on young people who are under achieving, persistent absentees or at risk of becoming excluded. It engaged with key individuals within the school that championed and led on enrichment and encouraged attainment and attendance. Focus was on team working, leadership skills, resilience and confidence.

Read the case study here.

Strong Roots – Better Futures

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust delivered this project.

The project delivered Forest School sessions before and after school and in lunchtime; sessions took place in school grounds or parks/ green spaces within walking distance. The Forest School is a holistic pedagogy which delivers against a range of outcomes supporting essential life skills, in particular it encourages and provides opportunities for: creativity, confidence, motivation and aspiration, resilience, persistence and grit, flexibility and adaption, communication, curiosity and problem solving, tolerance and respect. In addition to delivering the sessions with targeted students, their staff also delivered Forest School Level 3 training to teaching staff to ensure sustainability of the project.

Read the case study here.

Building Core Life Skills through Cricket

Chance to Shine delivered this project.

Chance to Shine is a national charity that uses cricket to ignite new passions, teach skills and unite diverse groups in state schools and communities. It delivered extra-curricular activities for children in Stoke-on-Trent aged 5-16, focused on developing essential life skills such as confidence, resilience, communication and motivation.

More Than Robots

First UK delivered this project.

Robotics and Life skills with a mission to inspire the next generation of science and technology. The project was delivered by providing mentor-supported, student-driven robotics team challenges leading to a regional tournament.