Welcome to Spectra First

Welcome to Spectra First

Welcome to Spectra First

Welcome to Spectra First

Welcome to Spectra First

We support young people to realise their best possible outcomes

Children and young people who have faced adverse circumstances often need extra help to overcome everyday challenges.

Spectra First Ltd (Spectra) works with selective partners to develop services that offer support to young people and promote their dignity and well-being.

Our Mission

To improve opportunities by bridging the gap between young people and sector leaders from industry, education, health and leisure.

Our Values


We challenge the status-quo and innovate new practices that result in improved outcomes.


We are non-judgemental, in-touch, open, ethical and honest.


We have the drive and commitment to motivate and inspire others.


We persevere with humility in the knowledge that, together, we can make a difference.

Our Story

Spectra is a purpose-driven company led by personnel who have delivered on key national educational programmes since 2002.

In 2014, after working with senior leaders at Leeds Children’s Services in which we recognised the value of restorative practice, we launched a bespoke residential service for looked-after children with complex needs, who were making the transition to independence.

Working around the clock with our young people gave us a keen insight into their lives. We realised that growing up in care created circumstances that required a special set of responses, which had to be tailored and specific to the needs of the individual.

Our expertise in mentoring, coaching and restorative practice has led the company to be included on a preferred provider framework for supported accommodation.

Alongside supported accommodation, Spectra has simultaneously expanded its mentoring and training services to schools in and around the West Midlands. Spectra has collaborated with the University of Wolverhampton to develop the Aspire to University (A2U) programme. A2U is designed exclusively for looked-after children and includes a strong mentoring component. In 2017, A2U was commended at the NEON awards for widening access to higher education.

Through our commitment to supporting looked-after children and offering a better deal for care-leavers, Spectra now works with stakeholders from the private and public sectors to deliver the Care Leaver Covenant for the Department for Education.

Our Services


Mentoring and coaching is of key importance to the Spectra portfolio. It forms the core of our practice both internally as an employer and externally as a service provider. We believe that mentoring creates pathways to success.

We deliver a nationally-recognised 2-day Mentor Training programme that supplies a sound knowledge and understanding of mentoring and allows mentors to explore best practice.

As part of the Aspire to HE initiative, funded by Higher Education Fund Council for England (HEFCE), Spectra successfully manages mentoring provision in 30 schools with 50 mentors across the Black Country, Telford & Wrekin.

Supported Accommodation

Spectra provides intensive supported accommodation for looked-after children who are transitioning out of care, with safe, modern and friendly spaces to call home. We pride ourselves on consistency and building trusting relationships. Currently we operate under a preferred supplier framework for 14 local authority care leaving teams.

We offer solo and twin accommodation models, ideal for the young person who is almost ready to live independently but would benefit from light touch support, or for those who require more intensive interventions from our Transitional Support Workers.

Care Leaver Covenant

As part of its strategy to improve the experience of young people leaving care, the Government introduced the concept of the ‘Care Leaver Covenant’. At its heart, this is a commitment from organisations in the private and voluntary sector to provide support to young people aged 16-25 and help them live fulfilling independent lives after leaving care.

Spectra is working as the delivery partner with the Department for Education to deliver the Care Leaver Covenant (Summary PDF). It is envisaged that organisations that participate in the covenant will enable young people to:

  • be better prepared and supported to live independently
  • have improved access to employment, education and training
  • experience stability in their lives and feel safe and secure
  • have improved access to health and emotional support
  • achieve financial stability

Spectra aims to launch a dedicated ‘Covenant’ platform this summer. In the meantime, should you wish to know more, or you would like to know how to support the Covenant, please email: thecovenant@spectrafirst.com

Announcement from GOV.UK:
Minister announces improved support for care leavers

Click here to view press release

Find out more at mycovenant.org.uk

Our Twitter

Just had a brilliant meeting with @IdsallSchool lovely to meet with someone who is passionate about their students success. #mentoring #aspire

Following the launch of the #CareersStrategy last year, @CareerEnt has been doing great work to help schools and colleges implement it: https://t.co/RSv2MXNAVS

Thank you to Glanmor Consulting for conducting our evaluation for the Year 12 Career- focused Mentoring Programme. We look forward to hearing your findings!

Thank you to another one of our lead teachers at @HTAPriorslee who met with our evaluation consultant as part of our Year 12 Career-focused Mentoring programme with @AspiretoHE #AspiretoInsire #Mentoring

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