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Join us to tackle educational inequality

At City Year UK, young people give a year to tackle educational inequality in our schools because they see a chance for change. Discover how they coach and inspire pupils to succeed - and gain standout skills, learn to lead and find out who they want to become.

What educational inequality looks like
  • Around 30% of children are growing up in poverty in the UK

    That’s nine pupils in a class of 30. Too often, their prospects are linked to how much their family earns.

  • By age 11 less than half of pupils entitled to free school meals reach the standards expected in reading, writing and maths

    By 19, only 16% attain at least 2 A levels.

  • Great teachers are key to tackling educational inequality

    but some pupils still need more support than even the best schools have the resources to provide.

What change looks like

At City Year UK, we focus on enabling inspirational young people to volunteer in schools to support those furthest from opportunity, full-time, for a year. They are trained and coached to give much needed extra help to children who need it most. We see that by helping pupils grow, our City Year Mentors grow too. They leave as leaders, committed to social change and ready to pursue their career.

Meet our City Year Mentors

Since serving with City Year UK between 2021-2022, former City Year mentor Neil has taken the fight against education inequality...

Read more about Neil's Journey: from City Year Mentor to Starting His Own Social Enterprise

At City Year UK, for three days across the academic year, we hold what’s called a wellbeing day. The day...

Read more about City Year UK Wellbeing Days!

To celebrate the start of Black History Month 2023, and City Year UK’s championing of diversity, our City Year Mentors...

Read more about Celebrating Black History Month 2023!

On Wednesday 13 September, City Year attended a reception at the House of Commons, hosted by The Rt Hon. Lord...

Read more about City Year at the UK Year of Service Pilot Programme Celebration

“Every child deserves someone on their side, to fight for them and to support them. If you can be that person, you will change their life."

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More than 1,500 young people have already given around 2.5 million hours in nearly 100 schools through City Year UK but there is still so much more we could achieve.

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