Targets and Standards


Given the unique and distinctive nature of Durham Gateway provision, it is important that performance is measured and judged across a range of indicators, all directed towards the overarching aim of preparing young people for happy, fulfilling and prosperous futures. 

Targets set for the Durham Gateway, and for those young people who study with us for at least one year, will therefore embrace a range of social and employability themes, as well as academic and vocational achievements.

When it comes to monitoring progress and results, Durham Gateway uses an external educational consultancy company to support the school. Comparisons are made against other alternative provision/PRU settings, as opposed to mainstream providers. This is done by region, as well as showing how students are progressing nationally. Unlike mainstream schools, alternative provision establishments have no real benchmarking to help with self-evaluation. Therefore Durham Gateway is part of the Data Pioneer Group. The advantage of this is that we can share best practice with other organisations that have a similar set up and essentially make a difference in the young lives of every student.

Social skills

All students will demonstrate substantial distance travelled in the development of social skills that allow them to communicate confidently with young people and adults from outside of their direct social circle and to present confidently with adults in positions of authority, in particular employers.

Employability skills 

Effective careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) will support students to create a ‘career ladder’ of tangible steps on the route to employment; all students will be able to demonstrate distance traveled in achieving steps along the ladder.

Positive destinations 

It is planned that 100% of year 11 students will secure a sustainable post-16 progression route into either further education, apprenticeships or employment with training, this target has been achieved in the last two years.