Local Learning from HeadStart Kernow

This is where you will find local learning reports from HeadStart Kernow. We report on the effectiveness of HeadStart interventions, new engagement tools and research methods. This page is being continually updated when new reports become available. For the national evaluation see the WMF data page.

Coronavirus pandemic

The HeadStart Community Well-Being Service Summer programme 2020 report describes how this service adapted to the pandemic. Key learning covers: the involvement of young people in adapting the programme; the positive impact of having an agile 'test and learn' approach; the importance of communication; the various collaborative working opportunities; and how the service indirectly benefited greater numbers of young people and their families.

The HeadStart Community Well-Being Service Return to School July 2020 report provides a snapshot of how young people felt about returning to school following the March 2020 national lockdown. It covers: levels of engagement with support services; anxieties around returning to school; feedback from young people on what would make going back to school easier for them.

Intervention evaluation: Community and Youth Facilitators

HeadStart Kernow commissioned The Learning Partnership for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (LPCo) to deliver the HeadStart Community Facilitator contract between January 2018 and December 2020. This interim report, produced by the HeadStart Kernow Learning Team within Cornwall Council uses case-studies, Outcome Star data and management information to demonstrate the impact of 1-1 youth support.

Research Methods

This case-study describes an eight-week online co-researching project conducted during summer 2020 at the time of the Coronavirus pandemic. It describes the HeadStart Kernow (Cornwall) experience of participation in the multi-partner research project ‘Nothing About Us Without Us’ and identifies key learning for local authorities and academic institutions who are planning to work in partnership on a co-researching project.

In early 2020 HSK worked in collaboration with Falmouth University, Ambitions and Young People Cornwall to test an interactive software programme as an alternative youth engagement method to review the Mental Health for Life website. The report highlights the challenges and opportunities of this software.