EVALUATION OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY FOR GIFTED AND TALENTED YOUTH (NAGTY) 'GOAL' PROGRAMME
DIRECTORS: GEOFF LINDSAY AND STEPHEN CULLEN
The National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth (NAGTY) developed business and entrepreneurial education provision for its student members under the auspices of NAGTY’s Gifted Entrepreneurs Programme (GEP), and, in conjunction with The Brightside Trust, the Goal Programme. The evaluation of both programmes was undertaken by CEDAR.
The GEP Programme was focused on a national competition for school-based members of NAGTY to develop their own business ideas. For the 2004-5 competition, 30 school teams, with 141 students, took part. Competing teams were able to draw upon a variety of training support materials provided by the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship UK (NFTE uk), and upon mentors assigned to individual teams. The mentors were drawn from staff at Goldman Sachs, and from MBA students at the University of Warwick’s Business School.
The GEP Programme was superseded in 2006 by what was intended to be a four year pilot project – Goal – aimed at NAGTY student members deemed to be in groups at risk of underachievement. Only two cohorts (for 2006 and 2007) completed the programme before NAGTY closed. The participating students were given fully funded access to Goal short residential courses, other NAGTY day and residential schools, and the ‘Big Deal’ national enterprise competition. CEDAR evaluated two of the Goal short residential courses, held at the University of Lancaster and Aston University’s Business School. In addition, CEDAR evaluated the ‘Big Deal’ national enterprise competition that was run in conjunction with The Brightside Trust, which operated an innovative online mentoring scheme – the ‘Big Deal Blogs’.