Game changing social impacts

We have recently concluded our 2021/22 set of social accounts via an independent review and analysis by The Connectives, and it’s safe to say that the results are nothing short of game changing despite a very difficult operating period due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  This global pandemic only exacerbated the challenges faced by our students, making it even more complex to achieve positive outcomes for them. One of the most significant challenges facing our students is mental health. These students often come from challenging backgrounds and have experienced trauma, neglect, and abuse.

Despite this, we are still immensely proud of the impacts we have had on the young people we supported. During this time, 61% of the 246 students registered with us had an EHCP. But despite the challenges they faced with the likes of mental health and social anxieties, we still supported 65% of our students into a positive destination.

These results helped generate the social impacts below

Our impact


of social value generated


social return on investment for every £1 spent


learners supported to access education

More than just numbers

To gain a better understanding as to the impacts we have had, The Connectives followed the Social Audit Network process of social accounting as a method of social impact assessment. This included following a process of qualitative and quantitative data collection to assess whether we have had an impact on the lives of learners, customers, and staff.

Such data was gathered from 1-2-1 interviews, case studies and business performance reports. The report also utilises the Social Return on Investment methodology introducing financial proxies to enumerate the social value derived from the collective group activity. These approaches were selected because we believe that in combination these methods:

  • Capture quantitative and qualitative data to provide narrative and economic measures appealing to a mixed audience.
  • Hear the voice of the person served and the partners in delivery.
  • Consider the materiality of evidence – what matters most when considering the impact of each subsidiary.
  • Have credibility in a crowded marketplace – secured
  • from international recognition of the Social Audit
  • Network accreditation.
  • Be based upon clear and transparent principles.

Part of the bigger picture

We are part of The Progress Group, a family of education and training organisations who collectively work to change lives through the power of education and training. Together, we are transforming lives and are incredibly proud of the lasting impacts we are having on the lives of those we work with, and society as a whole.

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As a group of businesses we contributed to a combined social value of £38,102,368, over £16,000,000 in savings to the public purse and a social value of £4.09 for every £1 spent on our services across our Group.

Collectively we are changing lives through the power of education and training.

Discover more about our Group and impacts here.