George Ryan


The city of Hull includes some of the most deprived wards in the country and sits towards the bottom of the table for school results. But it is one of the top two areas nationally for careers advice. So what is the secret of its success in careers provision? George Ryan visits the coastal city and discovers a chorus of collaboration, as well as a determination not to repeat the mistakes of the past

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Emma Hamer is a teacher in Hull, the city where she grew up. She understands better than most the negative mentality that many of the city’s young people struggle to shake off.

“When I was about 18, I found myself staying in a Hilton hotel in London,” she recalls. “I’d never had any experience of being anywhere like that before. I remember – vividly – ringing my dad and saying, ‘Dad, I don’t belong here. I don’t fit in here. People are going to look at me funny.’

“He gave me a real talking to and said, ‘You’re no better or no worse than anyone else. You’ve got just as much opportunity and ...

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