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Our Impact

Impact is key to what we do, so we are always seeking to evaluate our services in the light of feedback and available data.

We work with 200 primary and secondary schools each year across England, Scotland, Wales and to date we have helped over 60,000 young people to become more resilient, confident and happy.

  • We worked with 5174 young people in 2015/16.
  • 31% of these were in receipt of free school meals and 25% had additional educational needs.
  • A research study on the impact of SkillForce’s work during 2015/16 found there was a 45% decrease in the number of external exclusion days and a 46% decrease in the number of internal exclusion days.
  • 84.9% of young people we worked with in 2015/16 progressed to a ‘positive destination’.

View our Social Impact Report for the 2015/16 academic year.


“After only a few weeks I can see the positive impact participation in the Prince William Award is having on our pupils; they are listening & communicating better with each other and are able to work more effectively in teams.”

Helen Watson, Headteacher, Wharton Primary School

We are proud of the evidence of impact that we have gathered so far on our long-running programmes, and of the feedback we receive. Here’s what from some of our partner schools have to say about our work:

Working with Skillforce has been really rewarding and even though it’s only been a few weeks it is clear that the sessions are having an impact on the children . They talk really positively about their sessions and are developing a clear understanding of the importance of such skills as teamwork, and the strengthening of trust, courage, resilience etc. The fact that they are being encouraged to make the link between the fun activities that they do and the skills that they learn along the way is really important”

Carolyn Hamilton, Link teacher and KS2 Co-ordinator, Park View Primary School

“We are really pleased to be working with SkillForce this year. The Prince William Award scheme seemed an obvious enhancement of our curriculum and an opportunity to build on our already successful work developing our school values over the last year. Our Year 5 class are loving their new lessons and we can already see that they are listening and relating to each other more positively both inside and outside the classroom. We hope that by the end of the year we will be able to see the benefit of the scheme not only in their personal relationships and wellbeing, but also through increased confidence and aspiration to attain even higher in their class work.” 

Victoria Woods, Headteacher, St Mary’s Church of England Primary School

Our greatest champions are the young people themselves. Here is a selection of their assessments of our work: