Exam Central’s origins are in disadvantaged communities – our very first work was in a school where over 60% of pupils were on Free School Meals, and we continue to offer direct interventions, advice and support to schools, organisations, community groups and individuals.
We believe that the key to better lives is to equip young people with the Qualities, Experiences, Attitudes and Skills (QEAS) for study and work – this goes well beyond an emphasis on just skills, to how to use skills, develop new skills and truly become ready for employment and Higher Education.
Exam Central has worked in a number of areas in Birmingham which have experienced persistent disadvantage, such as Quinton, Weoley Castle, Shenley, Longbridge and Turves Green.
Our work includes:
-QEAS development through leadership and practical learning
-Higher Education access
-A Level interventions
-activity weeks in school holidays
-learning through sport
-learning and engagement through music
-learning and engagement through dance
-learning and engagement through enterprise.
We are proudly a social enterprise, rooted in the charitable sector.
One of our specific approaches is to assemble a talent pool of bright, talented, young undergraduates, postgraduates and recent graduates to work with young people. This talent pool contains international athletes, semi professional musicians, inspirational young people and some who have progressed from disadvantaged backgrounds – all share a commitment to young people and to bring communities together.