Cornerstone Employer Group Case Studies – Black Country


The programme has contributed to raising Compass scores for special schools that took part and helping them achieve Gatsby Benchmarks 3, 4, 5 and 6.

Challenge 1

  • 5 special schools and 2 foundation learning departments from colleges were involved.
  • Around 120 SEND pupils were involved, with excellent feedback from the schools and pupils.

Challenge 2

  • 5 PMLD and complex needs schools were involved.
  • Pupils worked in groups and around 300 SEND pupils with the most complex needs were involved.


Gatsby scores improvements ranged from 5 to 10 percentage points.

DPD have agreed to take on 8 pupils from a participating school for a supported internship in September 2022.


“DPD recognises the valuable contribution all young people can make to the workplace when given the opportunity… their ideas and designs have been shared with the wider business for implementation.”

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